Dauntlessly Cautious

"Abigail is an 18-year-old eccentric with a passion for life and loving others. Writing is one of the ways in which she expresses her joy for living. She is a published author in a regional youth poetry anthology, her local newspaper, and on various blogs across the internet. When not relaxing on her favorite sofa spot, she can be found daydreaming on her neighborhood swing, taking a walk, or participating in some sort of youth group event." Abigail is a freshman at James Madison University. Read more about Abigail at https://thiscrazywriter.wordpress.com/.

Did They Influence Me?

When I was in fourth grade, I was a huge hunter and a pecker. I had to whisper letters out loud to help me find them on the keyboard. Nobody wanted to work in groups with me, and I was berated for it on multiple occasions. At the end of sixth grade, when I entered […]

Twelve-Year Old Melodrama

The following is something I found that I wrote when I was twelve, over Christmas break. I share this with you because it’s inspiring to look back on old bad days and realize how much better things got. “I am sooo sad now. Nobody understands me. I don’t even understand me. I see teenage girls […]

Honor and Choices

School will get you into colleges, send you on your way to a lucrative career, and make you look smart, but it can’t do anything for your honor. Just as you have to work hard in school, you must actively pursue your sense of honor in order to live a true life of honesty. What’s […]

Being the Best

As haphazard as I am, I have to admit that I’m a secret data fanatic. In elementary school, I used to bring my writing materials outside so I could sit on the swings and create graphs depicting all kinds of data for imaginary scenarios. The only bearable part of math class was probability and statistics. […]

The Lollipop Project

When I was eight years old, I promised myself that I would change the world in some radical way. I’d always been an unusually sensitive and idealistic girl, but unfortunately, I struggled to bring my deeply-cherished daydreams into the world of reality. The next several years were tumultuous–full of low self-esteem, mental illness, and hopelessness. […]

100 Lessons

100 lessons, big or small, that I’ve learned in the sixteen years I’ve been alive.  Reading is for everyone. Practice makes progress–not perfect. Love yourself unconditionally. Have that extra piece of pie. Smile at everyone you pass. Strength and bravery are often overrated. Hot showers are healing. Sometimes, it’s better to break down than to […]

We Are Not Lost

There has been so much horror happening around us recently. Spirits are sinking. In the midst of all this turmoil, I want to remind you all of this: A hundred years ago, women couldn’t even vote. Now we have two running for president. Slavery and segregation have ended. Same-sex marriage is finally legal. Additionally, think […]

Failure, Depression, and Hospitals: My Story

If you’d told me a few years ago that I’d eventually be admitted to a mental hospital, I don’t think I would have been the least bit surprised. Suicidal thoughts had peppered my mind since age ten, self-harm had been one of my coping mechanisms on-and-off for quite a while, and I’d been a very […]

The World’s Pain

The following is something I wrote on June 3rd, 2013. I was fourteen. You know what? I wish I could just take the entire pain of the world, just take it away from everyone, and take it alone in order to spare everyone else. I’ve been thinking about this all day. My life would be […]

Meaning in Every Day

I live a great portion of my life waiting. Waiting for class to end. Waiting to get home for the afternoon so I can relax. Waiting to go see friends. I miss most of what’s actually going on around me because I’m too busy dreaming about all the things I want to do later, sometimes […]

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