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.