Yes, there are times when I am afraid to be myself. I used to not be that way until middle school. I went through some tough times during middle school emotionally and it made me very self-conscious of myself until my freshmen year of high school. During that time it was really difficult for me to even talk much less be myself. I’ve grown out of it, though. I had to learn to accept myself and know that I didn’t need anyone’s approval but my own. I will admit that there are still moments when it’s hard for me to express myself but I am much better then I used to be.