Who were you before you were told to be different?

This is a prompt from a writing challenge I’m hosting over on Instagram.

I was many things
before
the weight of expectation
and societal norms
fought
to crush me

unafraid
wild and wide-eyed
passionate
engaged
bright
free

Somewhere this child
still resides
deep within my soul
As I strip away the
years and layers
I slowly become whole