Day 83- Maryellen, 20, Alness


Which young Scot inspires you?
Stephanie Cheape – she overcame bullies and abuse to become a talented singer/performer

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The beauty that Scotland has, as someone from the Highlands I am no stranger to the tall mountains, the rolling hills, the sea and the lochs and I love to appreciate Scotland’s beauty every day.- Scottish traditions – from kilts and bagpipes to Irn Bru and Haggis – the Scottish culture is so rich and fascinating and I am proud of my Scottish heritage.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
We aren’t all the same – preconceptions of us all being the same and all acting the same is beyond stupid in my opinion, everyone is different.- Not all of us are bad and the majority of us aren’t – preconceptions about us being rude and entitled become old and an overused insult that is usually not true.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
Overcoming my upbringing and becoming a better person than my mother – I was raised by an alcoholic, abusive mother and went through abuse, poverty and molestation – whilst my mother stood by I strived to be better than her and to be a better version of myself, and here I am. 20 years old and despite everything I stayed on at school got my highers/advanced highers, I went into the working world and started my career and even got a college qualification. I have my own place and have been in a steady and loving relationship for the last 5 years and after many years of putting up with my mothers toxic behaviour I cut her out of my life.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I want do my diploma, find out what my dream job is and strive towards it, I want to pay off all my debts, have a house of my own and be successful in life – because success is what I strive for and I always push myself to do more and to do better.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Don’t cling onto the negatives – yes life can be hard sometimes and it can be scary, but there always moments of pure joy and happiness– sometimes even just small ones and those are the moments you should cling onto and look forward too.

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