I am a 15 y/o currently studying in a neighbourhood school. Next year I will be taking my o lvls and determining my future plans. However, this fact unsettles me because I am very lost in my life…
Sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t even be complaining at all. My conditions are much better than my peers. I am a high achieving girl, top scorer in my cohort for the past 3 years, Student Council President/Head Prefect, have a reliable family and financially stable. I have more opportunities than my peers. I represent my school for competitions and participate in educational programmes. However, I just feel more and more lost as years go by as I realised I do not actually know where I am heading to. All my peers tell me I am perfect, but I am not. I have my own insecurities too.
Sure, I have hobbies, have ambitious dreams of becoming someone big, someone that can leave a legacy and impact others in need. To get there, I have a goal to get into top schools, top unis. But I am not so sure now.
I compare myself to others A LOT. I’ve been reminding myself not to do so (I understand it’s mentally taxing when one keeps comparing one’s life and feels inadequate, even though everyone has different life circumstances) I set expectations for myself. Die die exams must A1. Die die must be top scorer. If not how to get into top school? How to even do well and fit in well? I am already at a disadvantage by being in a not well known neighbourhood school.
Are those my own expectations? Or I have someone lived into others’ views of me being ´perfect girl’?
Most people like to be look up to, to be praised, to receive awards, to be the star. I feel like I had too much of these to the extent that I feel insecure that if I do something wrong, if I don’t set the new best record in my school, I will be forgotten, not longer the star. Yes, I am addicted to people’s affirmation. This is to the extent that I get jealous and upset when my best friend (also a top scorer) does better than me. I began to viewed him more of a competitor/enemy but he’s still super nice to me. Sometimes I am disgusted and ashamed of my thoughts. What leadership does that show when I don’t even know how to prioritise other’s (or majority) over my selfishness?
I try to distract myself by keeping my schedules booked. Out of kindness, my teachers and peers keep reminding me to rest— they are scared that I tire myself out. I did enjoy having schedules booked, but now I do feel tired, but I am not sure whether that was influenced by what others think of me. Isn’t she tired? We must offload her! Perhaps give others the opportunity to (do something) instead?
My desire for excellence has driven me until the top, but it seems to be the root of all my problems and insecurities. People feel pressured by me. My ExCo members broke down because of me. I did learn, I became patient. Then it feels like I am not making up-to-standard progress as a SC President as compared to my seniors. It feels like I am failing all my peers and juniors who look up to me. It feels like I am not ready to lead.
I keep my social circle small too, too tired of pleasing others and trying to fit in (I don’t play games, don’t watch TikTok, don’t know latest trends, don’t do Gen Z slang) it feels like I belong to a different generation!! I am aware of being left out because of who I am. I am aware of being left out because I am too afraid to try open up a conversation, for fear I will make the other person feel uncomfortable. I’m becoming more introverted, less willing to share my thoughts and feelings. I know that’s wrong too, because reaching out would be better than holding all these toxic in my body. But what would my friends think of me? Me and my selfishness? My best friend has a larger social circle than me, he’s a natural with people! What would he think of me? I don’t want to cause any harm to people. I should be a source of positivity, an inspiration, not negative energy.
I tried to read up on self care and self growth but the points mentioned just can’t sink into me…
Back to the topic of being lost. I don’t know what I want, or what is a good direction for me when I grow up. I wanted to be a doctor since young. It’s definitely a stressful job but I don’t mind. What I am afraid is the competition. How will I change my mindset and garner enough strength to push myself forward instead of focusing on all my insecurities? I am a messed up person in a ‘perfect’ shell. Sometimes I hate myself.
So sorry to take up so much time, I understand that you could be spending this time more meaningfully with your loved ones instead of reading someone else rant about their life. Thank you so much for your patience!