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I’ve witnessed too many people being made fun of and being called terrible names. School is a place where I don’t feel comfortable nor accepted and many feel the same. Being a teenager is already hard enough, but to add the rumors and mean remarks by your peers makes it much harder. I know these kind of things are somewhat inevitable, but you can change how it affects you.

I’ve had many experiences with being made fun of and many rumors have been spread about me personally. It’s hard to be confident when you have strangers pointing out your flaws and imperfections. Throughout elementary and middle school I was made fun of for how I looked and acted. I’ve always been shy and different from everyone else, so I guess they saw it as an opportunity to make fun.

No one knows my personal struggle; no one knows the struggles of a stranger. Overtime, I must add, I’ve become a stronger person. I wear what I want, I say what I want, and I’ll do whatever I want. Others’ opinions of me does not change who I am or how I view myself.

Something I always tell myself, is that I am who I want to be and no one can define the person I am. You can’t let people bring you down with their hateful, repugnant words. You have to be strong and confident. It’s easier said than done, but it’s possible if you gain the right mindset.

You have to embrace who you are as a person and love every single bit of what makes you you. Think positive and surround yourself with kind, loving people. Embrace your individuality, because people who make fun of you for it are only envious that you have the guts to be yourself.  

Sophomore Kijhyana Simmons-Rogers said, “People shouldn’t make fun of others for being different. This school needs more diversity.”

It’s a tough world and it’s not going to change. All you can do is stay true to yourself and do what makes you happy. If people care enough to bother with what you’re doing then you’re already better than them.

Remember to be kind to whoever you meet, because you never know what they’re going through.

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