Join 73,894 users and earn money for participation
read.cash is a platform where you could earn money (total earned by users so far: $ 505,810.55).
You could get tips for writing articles and comments, which are paid in Bitcoin Cash (BCH) cryptocurrency,
which can be spent on the Internet or converted to your local money.
I was born in a town that is blessed by nature. A place where most of the colors you can see is green. A green place where the different species of birds fly freely in the sky and hopping from those strong branches of trees. A green place where animals can roam and eat fresh grasses. A green place where you can plant crops throughout the year and harvest a variety of fruits every season.
Well, I'm not talking about a forest or the wild here. It's just that I grow up in a place where farming is abundant than the surrounding farming areas. I grow up beneath the bluest skies. I grow up behind those green valleys of sugarcane fields and rice fields whereas separated by a singing river that alleviating the soul.
I spend my childhood in a place where people live peacefully, literally minding their businesses since the houses are far apart from each other. You can't see people who gossip early in the morning there, they rather plow the fields starting at dawn. There are fewer people to interact with and social media is restricted due to poor network signals. It's a perfect place to unplug yourself from the stressful city.
When I'm in middle school, I transferred to a school in the city. It's a new environment and more people are interacting with each other. Being the provincial girl that I am, I was culture-shocked!
People are outgoing and competitive. Perhaps because of growing up in a peaceful place and with fewer people, then suddenly resided in the exact opposite place from where I used to, I felt being different. I felt being distant. I felt being an outcast. I felt like I don't belong to the group.
I used to think I was best at my previous school, so I was thinking I can handle the new school. Little did I know that it is beyond my expectations, it's way more than that. It's a place where being best is just a normal thing and there was someone better than the best people. Competition is a norm. Being on the top is a norm and being on the bottom is a huge shame. Being new to this kind of thing, I worked hard, too but I am overwhelmed by the whole situation and got pressured.
I tried socializing to form a camaraderie but they are too outgoing. They often hang out after school and on weekends. They were with each other during school breaks and lunchtime. I'm not like them so I always the peer pressure. In the end, I can't handle it and that was the time that I realized I'm an introvert. From then on, I started moving on my own and only rely on myself.
Probably being used to a place where you have spent most of your life has a huge effect on your personality. Aside from the values that our parents taught us, the nature of the place where we grow up was also a great agent that helps to shape one's character.
Take a basis from me in an instance, I grow up in a peaceful place where the only noises that can distract me were the chirping of birds, howling of dogs, the roaring of the carabaos, the sound of that farming machinery, and the fight of my parents. As a result, I love staying in a peaceful place. Wherever I go, I would seek a peaceful or else I couldn't concentrate on whatever I do.
Since houses are apart and people interact less, I'm usually a quiet person. I love to write rather than doing a speech. I would rather send SMS messages 💬 rather than calls. I would usually distance myself from a group when they are chatting. I don't how to socialize. I often got stage-fright every time I speak in from of many people. I do still feel this until now, though.
It's completely different from those children of my age who grow up in the city. They are usually outgoing and open to everyone. They don't have a hard time socializing. They can easily speak their thoughts in front of so many people. They easily can make friends everywhere. They know how to deal with the entire population.
I guess people's nature differs wherever they come from but I'm just talking about what most situations are just like. A person who can easily adapt to a new place is rare. Honestly speaking, I'm not that kind of person 'cause it took me a year to adapt but maybe close.
Thank you for reading until the end. As always, thank you for supporting me. This is my entry for @JonicaBradley weekly prompt, themed Nature. I hope you'll be entertained by this. Thank you for hosting a weekly prompt. It saves me now for the second time from being out of topics to write.