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Youth Stories #Forward

I had two choices: to step forward into unknown or back into safety. I challenged my insecurities, moved past them, and decided to forfeit time I could spend with my family and instead pursue my academic interests.

I didn’t listen to my critics and started an independent life of learning earlier than I otherwise would.To begin with it was difficult but it was something I felt I had to do.

Being away from my family and leaving them alone, I learned always to believe in me and my journey and to grow from my pain.

I started swimming and got involved in competitions, projects and activities which enriched my path, resulting in a success which took me to explore interesting places such as Kenya in Africa. Determined to keep on with my plans, I worked hard to realise my dreams. Sometimes things were scary, but that convinced me that they were big enough challenges.

I understood that great achievements are usually born of sacrifice and never the result of selfishness.

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About Youth Council of the U.S Embassy in North Macedonia

The Youth Council brings together youth from different disciplines, interests, ethnicities and religious backgrounds. Established by the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, it seeks to generate creative ideas and projects to empower the youth of Macedonia, and to strengthen the voice of youth by advising the Embassy on important youth issues.

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