A Dream Come True

When you’re younger, you’re told you should follow your dreams. I always took that to heart and believe that if I had the power to do anything, than why not spend my time doing something that I love? Part of following your dreams means taking risks, and when I was a kid I was teased and I had practically zero self-confidence. Additionally, I was also slightly overweight at the time, which caused me to analyze and pick apart everything about how I looked. So even when opportunities came my way, I was too self conscious to even think about going for it. I spent all my time trying to “fix” myself. I would try and wear my hair the way I saw it in magazines, I’d only buy name brand clothes and I would obsess about my weight. I didn’t want to be known as the “chubby kid” anymore so I did everything I could to be like the skinny girls I saw on TV. I thought that when I reached my goal weight I’d be happy, but I wasn’t, I was miserable. That’s when I realized that it wasn’t about the weight or about how I looked at all. It was about me. I was only focusing on the negative and in return nothing that I did made me happy.

We are our own harshest critics and we play a huge role in our own self-confidence. If we can recognize this we can become our own biggest advocate. Which is why I created my non-profit organization One Silver Lining. One Silver Lining is aimed at teen girls to promote positive body image while raising awareness about eating disorders. We strive to create a community of teen girls helping other teen girls. The idea behind One Silver Lining is that instead of focusing on the negative, you should find one positive aspect, or one silver lining, every day. It’s amazing how a simple shift in focus can change the way you feel about yourself.

It’s rare to be in high school and have the privilege to work on something that you’re truly passionate about, but ever since I was that insecure little girl, I’ve wanted to help girls so they never have to feel the same way that I did. I, like most teens, never thought I could make a difference, but once I started developing my own self-confidence, I was able to help others in ways that I didn’t think were possible. I’ve been able to meet and work with some amazing teens and it’s truly been a dream come true.

So everyday, just for a little while, shut off that little voice in your head that tells you “you’re not good enough” and instead find that one thing about yourself that you love. You’d be surprised how much a little confidence can make your big dreams a reality.

To learn more about One Silver Lining’s upcoming Bea(u)tiful Benefit Concert see their website.

Bianca Pisciola is a 17 year old high school student, TEDx speaker and founder of One Silver Lining, a non profit organization aimed to promote positive body image while raising awareness about eating disorders.