By Danielle Spitz, Guest Blogger August 19, 2015
7 am: Wake up and get ready for the day. Apply concealer, foundation, blush, eye shadow, mascara and lip gloss for a “natural” makeup look. Pick out a super cute outfit that makes you feel totally confident and comfortable in your own skin.
8 am: Get whistled at by a boy on the bus and start hiding behind your jacket. Begin to question your clothing and continue to feel self-conscious for the remainder of the day.
10 am: Get asked if the book in your hands is too heavy as you walk to your next class. He says your frail arms are not strong enough to bear the weight of your geometry textbook. Politely dismiss the comment and roll down your sleeves to hide your scrawny arms.
12 pm: Order a sandwich for lunch. Receive judgmental looks from boys with hamburgers and girls with salads. Note to self to start rethinking your food choices. Take a few bites of your lunch, but throw it away before you are finished to prove something, even if you do not know what that something is.
2 pm: Wipe away mascara as it begins to run down your cheek after a long, hot day. People ask why you have been crying and assume it is “that time of the month.” Repeatedly try to assure them that you are fine, but they are not convinced.
3 pm: Change into spandex for volleyball practice. Tie a jacket around your waist and walk swiftly to the gym just in case somebody coming out from the locker room sees you.
5 pm: Start studying for your history test but you are interrupted by notifications from your phone. He persistently asks why you are not responding and calls you “lame” when you finally tell him why. Your phone does not go off for the rest of the night.
7 pm: Sit down for dinner with your family and only pick at your food. When Mom asks what’s wrong, you say that you aren’t hungry.
9 pm: Take a shower and wash the makeup off of your face. Stare at your reflection in the mirror and contemplate not wearing makeup to school the next day.
10 pm: Lie down in bed and review your day. Think about what you want to change and how you will make tomorrow different.
11 pm: Quietly sneak into the kitchen to finish your leftovers from dinner. Tell yourself to eat what you want, wear what you want and say what you want. Go to bed with a smile on your face.
#GrowingUpAGirl has been blowing up on all social media platforms this summer. From hilarious GIFs on tumblr to thought-provoking anecdotes on twitter, the newly popular hashtag has proven to resonate with many girls all over the country because of its extremely relatable nature.
After sifting through dozens of posts, I decided to put my own spin on the trending topic. These snippets of everyday life as a girl are inspired by stories from my own experiences and those of other women in my life that I hope every girl can relate to in some way or another.
Have you experienced any of the situations and emotions described above? Tell us below!
High school student Danielle Spitz is an aspiring journalist. She writes for her school newspaper and of course IATG! She loves reading, writing, running, binge watching anything on Netflix, shopping, and contributing to a world in which women build each other up and receive the respect they deserve.
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