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Eleven when I nearly drowned.

He was watching.

I stepped on a sea urchin while snorkeling.

Spikes dug into my skin

like shark teeth,

currents of electricity

swam through my foot

as water swallowed me.

In my left temple, a pulse:

my brain pounding.

I could not breathe.


Thirteen when I met him;

swore I loved him.

He put his hands around my waist,

“A bit chubby here.”

His words stung like brine

pushing me underwater

deep into a chasm.

Seaweed groped my legs

coiling around my chest.

I could not breathe.


Fifteen when I learned to float;

tossed his words of shrapnel

into the ocean’s abyss.

I’m made of seaglass

Jagged, tumbled

Still shining.

Broke harpoons on my skin,

Snapped spears on my neck.

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Many people may believe that you aren’t good enough… there will be a lot of people in your life who will say that.

But you just have to remember this fact: According to scientists, the bumblebee’s body is too heavy and its wing span too small. Aerodynamically, the bumblebee cannot fly. But the bumblebee doesn’t know that and it keeps flying.

When you don’t know your limitations, you go out and surprise yourself. In hindsight, you wonder if you had any limitations. The only limitations a person has are those that are self-imposed.

Even we are not aware of our capabilities.. We just have to do ourselves a favor of not to start thinking that we can’t do something… You CAN do it!


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“Confidence is something you create within yourself by believing in who you are” –Anonymous


I cannot tell if being confident is something I struggle with. At times, my confidence level is extreme, and I feel as if I can do anything. Other times, however, I refuse to walk into a room alone or speak up when I know I should. So I guess there is no better time to ask: What is confidence? According to Google, confidence is a feeling of belief or the certainty in truth. As long as you believe in something strong enough, you will feel confident in the task. In most cases, that “something” is us. Often times, we do not believe in ourselves, therefore we are not confident. That can change as long as we tell ourselves to believe and trust ourselves and the ones who care about us.

Everyone has insecurities. I know I have mine. Yet we all are able to walk into a room with our heads held high and speak our mind. We are confident in ourselves. Some friends of mine often admire how confident I am about myself. But the truth is, I’m not. It is hard to be confident all the time, maybe even impossible. There are always factors that put us down. But it is up to us to get back up. No one can give your confidence to you. Sure, it can be fueled by compliments and friends, but you must believe in yourself to be confident in yourself.  


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How to maintain a healthy friendship 😃!


How to maintain a healthy friendship:

Talk to your friends–if something is bothering you, your friends will be there.

Be respectful–conversely, if someone doesn’t want to talk, respect their decision. (but be ready with a hug!)

Have fun–I know, I know, it’s such a vague and overused expression, but planning a fun day with your friends really do help make everyone closer

Make sure it is not a one way road–It’s important to know when you are in an unhealthy friendship, and that is usually when one person will do anything for the other while it won’t be like that the other way. Also, make sure that you’re giving and working for the friendship as well.


Silver Lining is undergoing some major changes in the upcoming month! We plan to start podcasts, completely change up our posts (remove challenges, add jokes, tips, etc) and more. What would you guys like to see in SL? We just want Silver Lining to be more delightful for you!

Trust your close friends!

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Trust your close friends!

I’ve had a lot of close friends in the past, but a lot of those friendships failed in some way. Those failed friendships made me reluctant to tell my friends how I feel a lot of the time. Whenever I do, it makes me vulnerable, and I’m always worried about whether or not I was right to tell them, because what if this friendship fails somehow too?

I once had a falling out with some friends I’d been with for a long time, and it was really bad. It felt like we couldn’t even be friends after that. I was so angry, but more than that, I was mournful. I didn’t feel like I’d lost a friend, I felt like someone had died–my friendship with them. I was terrified because I couldn’t even fathom the thought of losing any more friends, especially friends who had been so good to me in the past.

During this time, I was talking to another friend pretty often. She who wasn’t involved, and I tried to act like nothing was wrong, but I couldn’t keep pretending I was fine. So I told her everything. I told her what happened with my friends, how I was terrified and so regretful, why it affected me so much, and by the end, I felt so vulnerable, but so free at the same time.

She understood why I was upset, gave me advice, told me that everything would be okay, and helped me cheer up. I could tell she was trying her best, and that in itself made me feel better because it made me realize that I shouldn’t just close myself off just because I’m scared of losing a friend. It sucks to lose a friend, but what sucks even more is having friends who seem like they care for you so much but still being unable to tell them anything because you’re afraid. Friendships are built on trust, your closest friends should be those you trust most. So if you can’t even trust your friends, who can you trust?

Have trust in others!



In elementary school, I didn’t have any friends and I often felt lonely. I used to play on the monkey bars and and with other fellow classmates, but nothing helped the feeling of loneliness. I was friendless and sad.

Then one day in 4th grade, I started talking to a girl who sat next to me in class. I asked her if I could hang out with her and we slowly became good friends. However, one day I started noticing that she was a bully. In fifth grade, I went back to having no friends. I graduated and was deeply saddened by what my elementary life was like.

Despite this, I moved forward and entered middle school. I was always a shy person and I was bad at starting conversations. Thankfully, I sat in a big table group with some talkative people. They talked to me and we all became close friends by the end of the year. Even though I was afraid that they would turn out to be bad like the friend from 4th grade, I gave them a chance and became friends with them. I was scared the friendship wouldn’t last but the following year they stood by me even though we were in different classes. They reached out to me and did not let go of my hand.

Still today, we continue to be close friends. If I had not taken a risk and if they had not been open to accept me as their friend, we would not have this deep friendship between us. When one door closes, another opens. By taking their hand and letting myself take a chance, I was able to form a deep bond with my friends.

Confidence Boosters

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5 Daily Confidence Boosters

  1. When you wake up, tell yourself that today is going to be a great day, and believe it.
  2. Hang out with the squad that makes you happy. If you’re not, it’s time for new relationships.
  3. Exercise. This stimulates your body with endorphins and makes you feel good about being healthy.
  4. Pamper yourself. Take some time out to relax, because you deserve it.
  5. SLEEP! Getting your rest gives you a good start to the next day.

Another reason to ask for help



It’s common for people to not want others to know when they’re suffering. Most people I know are like this, and I am too. Whenever I’m going through a lot of stress or sadness or anxiety, I never tell anyone but just smile and pretend that I’m okay. I don’t really know why I or other people do this; I think it’s become a standard response for people to have today. But however standard it may be, it’s not healthy. You’re only human, you can only take so much struggling on your own. It’s important for you to remember that there are people around you who care about you and you can tell them what’s wrong and ask for help. I think that asking for help has somehow become associated with weakness, and people don’t ask others for help anymore, but I see people fall apart on their own and it’s horrible to see. I want to help the people I care about when they’re struggling, not just sit by and watch them suffer while they just pretend that they’re alright. I don’t want people to suffer this way when they can succeed with help. Just remember this: asking for help does not make you weak or inferior; it simply makes you human.

People aren’t meant to be alone…Trust someone



When it comes to friends, my dad always says, “You can never really trust them because they’ll probably only be looking out for themselves.” The first time I heard my dad say this, I didn’t want to believe it. My friends at school were–and still kinda are–the only people that I had. I wanted to trust them, so I did. Unfortunately, I found out time and time again that my dad was right. I went through so many failed friendships that I found myself less and less trusting every time. Today, I don’t think there’s a single friend that I really trust. I act like I do because as an only child, my friends are the only people I have who are my age. But really, I haven’t trusted friends in a long time. Today, my friends, or at least some friends, seem trustworthy enough, but I’ve never been able to bring myself to truly trust them, because when I think back to when I trusted people and they broke the trust, it scares me to trust them again. I sometimes get the worst anxiety attacks because of this, and I just want someone to trust with this. I don’t want to keep living life without trusting anyone because it’s horrible to feel like you don’t have anyone when in reality, there has to be someone out there who will care about you out of the goodness of their heart, and not just for some ulterior motive. People aren’t meant to be alone, so you have to find someone to trust. It’s not easy, and it’s almost a surefire way to get hurt, but I manage to keep going and trying to trust others by thinking about how happy I’ll be when I can finally stop getting hurt and can start trusting someone completely. It’s important to trust someone and not be alone, so you have to try to not be afraid and just trust. Someday, you’ll find someone to trust.