S e a l e d

Dear Readers,

As my 19th birthday approaches, I’ve been thinking about life, go figure. That middle phase between childhood and adulthood is coming to a close. It’s my last year of being a “teenager.” You know how on your birthday everyone asks you: “How does it feel to be *insert new age here*?” I never knew how to answer that question. I always thought instead, why not ask what it felt like to be the age you were before? So I’ve been thinking about not only how it felt to be eighteen, but how it felt to be a teenager in general.

What have all these years of adolescence taught me?

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Broken Prayers

“Brianna, would you lead us in prayer?”

“Of course,” I answer, as my heart rate goes up and my hands start to get sweaty. My brain scrambles to come up with something to say. I begin to speak. My voice shakes as I utter a few words that I think best fit the situation. I sigh with relief after I finally get it over with and say “Amen.”

My Dear Readers,

Prayer is something I have always struggled with. It’s hard to admit, but it’s true. I have trouble communicating in general.

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