Glee In Me Contest Winner – Tara M. from Alberta
A locker slams next to a young girl, the school bully about to chew her out again for having a butt that’s too big for her body. She gets teased and tormented pretty much almost daily. She’s in middle school right now, about to go into Junior High. These are probably the hardest years she’ll ever face, every day riddled with peer pressures like drugs, sex, the obsession with being cool; an inescapable social hierarchy. The pressure is so high, she runs, switches school for the remainder of her junior high years, then again for high school.
Yet, she comes back to the school where she finished her junior high, a K-12 school in a small town smack in the middle of Alberta. Who is this crazy girl? She must be totally insane, seeking depression or something. That girl is me, Tara Lynn, and no, I am not insane, nor am I seeking depression. With the help of music, I have learned that running is for, well, cowards. So I came back. Besides, that’s where my friends go, my fellow music lovers. “But Tara,” you say. “What songs could possibly make you go back?” to which I would simply reply that I prefer to be called Tarynn, and that Miley Cyrus’s song, “The Climb,” Nikki Yanofski’s song, “I believe,” and pretty much all of Avril Lavigne’s songs gave me courage.
It’s crazy, right? How a few simple songs could make such an impact on a teen’s life? It seems almost impossible for one to be so in tune with music that she actually thinks it can make a difference! Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not impossible, because I have seen it happen first hand, and I am going to make it happen again. My new positive attitude has gained me many friends, and a really good friend and I are going to prove that, when we get our Show Choir started. We will choose to make a difference in the lives of people like us, so that they don’t feel like they have to run, because they don’t.