Finding Myself Through My Story

Updated: May 27

By Shaelynn -

This theme of self, community and human values is of great importance to me.  As I was contemplating how to approach this theme I began to really break it down into those three parts. 


First, I began focusing on my perception of myself. I began to think about the things that have made me the person that I am today.  I have been shaped by a variety of situations and circumstances. I have also had the great privilege of being a member of a handful of amazing communities that have molded me in their own unique way. 


As I dug deeper I realized I wasn’t only affected by positive things, I was also molded by the negative things I have experienced in my life. I have personally struggled a lot with mental illness and thinking back I realized that my battle with mental illness has shaped the way I view and present myself today.  I have made a lot of progress since my diagnosis, I am now able to function without the slightest hesitation.


That being said it is still a daily struggle but not one that I go through alone. With my diagnosis I was accepted into a different community than one I had been a part of before. I was accepted into a group of people that suffer silently everyday with feelings of despair, inadequacy, and self doubt. 


In my project, I have depicted myself “drowning” in my thoughts, being pulled down and suffocated by negative feelings. I have also shown that there is light that can pull me out of the water.


Being able to see the positive things that I possess as a person and the communities I belong to can be a breath of fresh air so to speak. This is a very powerful piece and I am so glad I had this platform to share it on.

Funded by O.C. Tanner and the Tanner Trust for Utah Universities through the generosity of the late Professor Obert C. and Mrs. Grace A. Tanner, the Center provides a focal point and physical setting for the annual Grace Adams Tanner Lecture in Human Values. 

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