#ToMyYoungerSelf – You may be bent, but you’re not broken

#ToMyYoungerSelf – You may be bent, but you’re not broken

Throughout the month of March, Picha has been sharing stories and messages from our Picha Chefs & artists as part of the #ToMyYoungerSelf campaign. We believe that everyone has a story to tell, and we can all make a change in the world in our own ways through our stories.

This is a question that we always ask – “how can you be you and make a change?”

Whatever struggles that we have gone through, whatever challenges that we have overcome, how can we make a change through these hardships & experiences?

Today, we are sharing with you a special story from the Picha team by Laura, who wants to make a change through sharing her personal story! (and of course,through her work in Picha :P)

Written by
Laura Wong

Hi Picha Heroes, it’s Laura here! As part of the #ToMyYoungerSelf campaign, I wanted to share a personal story of me battling scoliosis. Scoliosis is a spinal disorder whereby the spine is curved in an abnormal way; and this has greatly influenced my younger self. You’ll understand as you continue reading below.

So here goes!

To my younger self,

You first discovered that you had scoliosis at the age of fourteen. At that point, you felt like it was the end of the world.

Your back is crooked, your shoulders are uneven, you have a rib hump which kinda makes you look like a camel. You had severe back pain for a young teenager. And now your parents had to fork out thousands of ringgit to treat this… Sco-lio-what?!

You were afraid.. afraid that you had to live with this body forever. You started wearing loose clothes. Kept your hair long. Did whatever you can to look “normal”. All you wanted was to look normal, yet why did it have to be so hard?

It was the worst thing that you could thought could happen. You started questioning yourself… why didn’t you realize it earlier? Why didn’t any of your family members noticed it? Why did it happen only to me… WHY ME?

But hey, let me tell you this — scoliosis is not the worst thing. In fact, it is one of the best things that have happened to you! Let me tell you why.

To my younger self,

You will challenge yourself to be stronger each day; both physically & mentally. You will exercise frequently and learn yoga to strengthen your back muscles. And hey, you will also pick up a new skill —  swimming!

You will learn how to dress up smartly! Just because you have an odd body shape, that will not stop your love for dressing up. You will learn to explore various designs; like off shoulder tops & high waisted bottoms; that will flatter your body type. You’ll be shocked when people start coming to you and tell you they actually like how you dress!

You will do things you never thought you would do — like cutting your hair short! And wearing a bikini! Even though that will reveal more of your “crooked back”, but you will not let scoliosis dictate how you look and feel.

You will embrace your imperfections. You will become more confident in who you are. You will tell the world about your story because you’re not afraid of scoliosis anymore. You may be bent, but you’re not broken.

Because at the end of the day, it’s not about finding the why. Just as Rick Warren says, “Experience is not about what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.”

To my younger self, I’m proud of who you are and what you’re about to do. And this is only the beginning.


Thank you, Laura for sharing this amazing message with us. We hope that you are as encouraged as we are by her message to her younger self!

If you also have a message to share, do tag us at @thepichaproject with our hashtag #ToMyYoungerSelf ! We would love to hear your stories 🙂

Have a lovely weekend, Picha Heroes!

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