Hi. My name is Zara and I’m 12 years old.
I’m a typical teenager, one could say, with a little bit of extra – extra spice, extra happiness, extra compassion, and an extra chromosome.
Which doesn’t stop me from doing things other teenage girls do – I love going to school. I love sports (especially swimming and riding my bike). I love playing with my little brother and our cat. I love going to the zoo.
I’ve had a few crushes (as my T-shirt says in Slovene – “Love doesn’t count chromosomes”).
Oh, and I’m bilingual. I can speak Slovene and English, as I’m half Slovene and half Australian. How cool is that!?
I’ve travelled the world and made friends everywhere I’ve been.
I’m unstoppable and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me.
Am I always happy? Am I always smiling and as sassy as the photos show? Nope.
And that’s the stereotype I want to break. We all have our own way of feeling the world around us. We all have different talents and face different obstacles. But who doesn’t? My little brother is way more alike than different from me. We’re all different yet the same and equal.
A big hug to everyone who’s stopped by to read my story. I love you all.
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