Name: aries santos

Social Media Handle/Username: instagram: alogshii

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: i am 14 years old, transgender and gay. i personally find myself to be quite an entertaining person and i think others would say the same but i have my hardships, such as mental health and struggles with how i view myself. i think its quite important to add these things when talking about yourself whether or not its in detail as it can help others realise theyre not alone.

im autistic, and have multiple hyperfixations (spiderman, shameless, etc). my experiences as an autistic person have been quite hard, i have to say that but it makes me view life a different way.

What Inspires You Every day? : i guess others. the fact i see so many successful people doing what i wish and dream to do helps me, specifically hearing their life stories. hearing about others who have experienced some of the stuff i have and still are successful is what gets me going every day. along with this is my friends. my friends are the best people ive ever met and sure we have our ups and downs but theyre so amazing. i dont think i would be as ok as i am without them; they push me to do my best without intention. they dont know it, they should but they dont. i love my friends more than anything and them being happy inspires me to do what makes me happy.

What is some words of wisdom you live by?: words of wisdom. this is a tricky one as i dont often think of wise words ive been told. i guess the usual, quotes, stuff like that. i guess i just live by the fact that almost everything is a choice; i just need to make the right ones. it sounds harsh to make someone believe everything is a choice but its kind of the truth i guess. like, for example hardships; alot of them are choices and we just make the wrong ones whether or not it be on purpose or to sabotage yourself. but those are wise words; it gives a new and mostly positive perspective on life.

What is your ultimate goal in life? : my ultimate goal in life is to be happy and live out my dreams. its simple and common but thats all.

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : the pandemic has caused alot of self reflection due to nothing to distract myself from my thoughts because of lockdowns. my mental health took a skyrocket, but down. i dont want to get into details as it may affect others who read this, but the simplest way i can put it is that i have tried to take my own life but, obviously, didnt succeed. i guess thats a good thing, right? i guess it gives me another chance to live how i want. but the pandemic has also been somewhat good. i discovered myself; i discovered that i am a transgender, gay boy who, despite having people who dont accept me, can finally live my truth; whether or not its with the support of my family. i still have my friends.

What is a message you would like to give others? : a message i would like to give to others, despite how common it is, is that youre not alone. it may feel like the world is crumbling beneath your feet for whatever reason but youve always got somebody who can relate to you. youre still alive, youre so strong. youve made it this far so you can make it further. struggle is only part of life, not a single person on the planet can live without struggle; not even saints.

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: not alot, but just that despite all ive been through, and my trauma and struggles, i can still manage to wake up in the morning. some mornings, its hard to get out of bed due to my mental health but i do it. i guess its forcing myself to get out of bed, but that was when i had school and stuff i actually needed to do. now that its the holiday, i stay in bed all day and it feels great because i dont have to deal with the burden of going outside or leaving my bedroom. yes, its hard to fathom, its hard to experience but sometimes you need it. despite being unable to get out of bed, i can still enjoy myself by maybe texting my friends or playing video games with them online. theres pros and cons, maybe a few more cons than pros but there is both.

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