“Life, is 10% of what happens to us and 90% of how we react.” For me this quote sums up how I now currently look at life.
Hi I'm Makayla, and for me journey on this epic adventure of living has been one filled with ups and downs. I come from a loving and caring family. I have two beautiful and caring parents, and three wonderful, loving supportive older siblings. I'm an extremely outgoing bubbly person, who is full of smiles. I'm all about the positives and enjoying the moment. Although this has been me from the get go, my true personality isn't something that I have always shared.
During my journey throughout school, I was the target of bullying. At the beginning of year two I changed schools to, as many would say, 'start fresh' but even after I transitioned to the new school it didn’t happen. My journey still wasn't all flowers and rainbows like many thought and I was incredibly lonely. I didn't make many friends and became the target of bullying again. There I was, only a young girl, riding the wave of primary school, with the hope for change in my journey to high school. Although as you can guess, again change didn't happen. I put on a mask of shyness and I was the girl who didn't speak unless told. I would sit by myself during lunch time and hope that this would one day change. I was always searching for others’ acceptance and acknowledgement which didn’t happen often. I will never forget one birthday when I hoped that just one person at school would say 'happy birthday', but it didn't happen. Quite the opposite, the very next week I had gum thrown at me and my home life was unsettled as well.
Sport, especially netball, was my escape. I filled my life with sport as it was the only time I could forget everything else that was going on and truly be my outgoing and bubbly self.
For me it wasn't until my final years of high school, symbolised by a change of campus and start of free dress to school, did things pick up. I began taking off that mask and stepped into my true personality. My life started to fall into place, as it was the first time I felt like I could be myself. I still didn't have many friends but I accepted that I didn't need many friends, just a few true friends. I started adopting more leadership positions in school and the community and discovered who I wanted to be - a leader who makes change and puts others first.
I highly value family, love, care and community. At present, I have a lovely group of friends and the continuing love and support from my family. In many ways I have found my place in life. I am currently studying to be a teacher and also work with a number of children of all ages through coaching. I try my best to create a safe space for them which is judgment free. I strive to impact at least one person’s life in a positive manner and to help create a caring loving place outside of home for them, which is something I lacked growing up.
In the future, I want to create an environment, which was not created for me as a child. I want to make that difference and aim to teach and educate my future students in a safe, loving environment, where it isn't just called an anti-bully area but is an anti-bully environment. I don't want children and youth to experience that feeling of worthlessness and have that hard road to walk down feeling alone. I want to be that person who makes a change.
While my life still isn't perfect or normal to any stretch, I wouldn't change my adventure for the world. It has shaped and created who I am today, giving me my own unique story.
I love who I've been, but I really love who I'm becoming.
“I create spaces where people can connect and be accepted for who they are.”