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Rowan Blanchard pens letter reflecting on what she learned in 2015

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Rowan Blanchard had a pretty big 2015. In addition to starring on Girl Meets World, she’s become an outspoken activist for gender equality, writing a widely-shared essay about intersectional feminism and speaking at the UN Women’s annual conference. Now, the 14-year-old actress is reflecting on her huge year in a powerful letter she posted on Instagram.

“2015 is the most memorable year of my life,” Blanchard wrote. “It was the first year that I learned how powerful it is to be by yourself — not necessarily in a relationship sense — but to be by myself & be content. I became more forgiving with my own actions. I feel more connected to myself as a person knowing that I will never have it all figured out — and that’s for the better.”

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Blanchard also touched on her experiences with depression and how it influenced not only her interactions with others but her relationship with herself.

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“As I found myself, this year in particular, going through ups and downs with depression, I realized that instead of rejecting and ostracizing these teenage feelings (human feelings), I can learn to love the intensity of them and know that everything is momentary,” she wrote. “When I think about this year, I would usually associate it with one specific emotion/adjective (happy, sad, amazing, et cetera), but I can’t — there’s too many. I learned this year that happiness and sadness are not mutually exclusive. They can exist within me at the same time in the same moment.”

“Now I have to go back to cleaning my room, because my mom thinks I am doing that right now,” Blanchard concluded. “So maybe my resolution is to clean my room when my mom tells me to.”

Read Blanchard’s entire post below. 

2015 is the most memorable year of my life. It was the first year that I learned how powerful it is to be by yourself- not necessarily in a relationship sense- but to be by myself & be content. I became more forgiving with my own actions. I feel more connected to myself as a person knowing that I will never have it all figured out- and that's for the better. I developed a camaraderie of versions of myself that I can trust to take care of me when I feel thrown off, which is often. I think I learned (and am still re-learning) that in order to actually spend the rest of your life with yourself contently, you must truthfully fall in love with yourself. I became more unapologetic- I am realizing that we are young and things that may seem like the end of the world now, while still very important, will not be the end of the world in the long run. We can live through them. As I found myself, this year in particular, going through ups and downs with depression, I realized that instead of rejecting and ostracizing these teenage feelings (human feelings), I can learn to love the intensity of them and know that everything is momentary. When I think about this year, I would usually associate it with one specific emotion/adjective (happy, sad, amazing, et cetera), but I can't- there's too many. I learned this year that happiness and sadness are not mutually exclusive. They can exist within me at the same time in the same moment. While also becoming more forgiving of myself and my emotions, I became more forgiving of others, specifically other teenagers. I realized that it is really weird to grow up right now, and that maybe I shouldn't expect other teenagers to have it all figured out if I can't. I learned how much political events/societal complexes directly affect our lives, and how that can make your life a lot easier or a lot harder. I realized that you don't always have to think of things you love on a business scale- if you love something, find a way to do it- life is much too short. Now I have to go back to cleaning my room, because my mom thinks I am doing that right now, so maybe my resolution is to clean my room when my mom tells me to. Happy New Year, I love you.

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