Living in my hometown doesn’t mean I can’t travel. It doesn’t mean I’m missing out on seeing the world. It means I can lay my head down at night knowing that if the phone rings and my family needs me, I can be there within minutes.
I’m scared of losing all the progress I’ve made by leaving here, including the self-love and acceptance I’ve found on my own out in the world.
High school broke me down, but it also made me able to build MYSELF back up. I was able to give myself more confidence because I knew what it was like to hit rock bottom.
You constantly have that paranoid feeling, even in your own home, because you know that in the next few hours or days you will face them and be humiliated again.
There were no secrets; everyone knew everything.
After having sex with a student hundreds of times both in her car and at the students house, 24-year-old substitute teacher Mary Beth Haglin from Cedar Rapids, Iowa now says that she was the victim of the illegal affair because the student burned “her life to the ground.”
Thank you for being my friend, even back when I was filled with teenage angst and anger at the world.
We couldn’t make friends by standing around and looking cool or get laid by flipping our hair back. We had to rely on our kindness and our killer sense of humor.
It’s good to be different. It’s good to not look like or be like everyone else. Believe me, it’s a good thing. So, stop reaching for perfection. Stop reaching for something that isn’t you. And just be yourself. Because that’s the best you that you could ever be.