1) The first belief I hold close to myself is to not care about what other people think. I hold this close to me because I constantly remind myself of this. I found when I focus on what other people think, I lose who I am and who I want to be. I focus on what other people expect me to be. So use this belief to remind myself of who I want to be. I use this saying most when I feel as if other people are judging me. When growing up I was raised to behave in a way that would not affect how people view me. So when I came out as gay, I struggled with what others would think and tried to change. Eventually I learned it was okay to not care what other people think, as long as I was being authentic to myself. The second belief I hold close to myself is that no matter what everything gets better in someway. This comes from realizing how I survived things, that I, at the time, thought was the worst possible thing that could happen. After whatever it was at the time happened, I learned to either live with it or the situation changed and became easier. Mainly this has to do with my coming out. In high school I viewed my parents finding out that I was gay as the worst possible thing that could happen to myself. But after I was outed, I went to college and did not have to deal with them or be closeted anymore. I saw how I could live with the situation and how being outed helped my situation get somewhat better. This belief does not come with the belief that eventually everything will be perfect, but survivable. The last belief I hold is to not take life seriously and have fun. This belief does not mean not doing any work and only having fun, but to make time to relax and have fun. I remember this whenever I get bad anxiety, overreact, and make things to be more important than they really are. This belief also reminds me to not make work and school the focuses of my life because people should not live to work.
2) The REVEALED box, that we will construct will represent myself by showing my inner struggles and accomplishments. I plan on covering the inside lining of the box with black paper to show all the negative energy in my life, like anxiety or my struggle with coming out. The rest of the box will contain objects to represent how I overcame and looked past the negative. I will include some sort of rainbow in the box to represent how I learned to take pride in myself and who I am and express who I am proudly, not caring about what other people think. The rest of the objects will represent things I previously have been self conscious about enjoying because of what others would think.