I have ALWAYS been a social butterfly. Normally I get along with everyone and I don't really have trouble making friends. I was bullied my fair share around 4th and 5th grade by these girls on the bus. They made fun of me; calling me names, pulling my hair, and saying just hurtful things that no 9-12 year old should hear. I told my mom and she threatened to go to the school, but who wants to be the kid who's mom fight their battles for them? It got to the point where I stooped down to their level. I began saying mean things back and "giving them the bird" until one day the bus driver told me if I did that, I was just as bad as them. The next day, the kids tried to say something to me and I stood up for myself. I told them to leave me alone. And not to pick on me anymore. And if they did, they wouldn't like what was coming back to them. Because I wouldn't do anything, but you know who would? God. They left me alone after that. And I was relieved. I thought the bullying was over. Until I was in 8th grade when I moved back to the town. Which was when I told everyone I was a girl. Dating a girl. I knew people were going to treat me differently. I went from the girl that always smiled to "the gay girl". At first I said, it's only a one time thing! It wont ever happen again, and they got SOME people to understand. But that didn't stop the bullying. It got so bad that I attempted suicide. I have bad depression to this day. And I still remember how bad it got. I don't date that girl anymore. And people still say things and whisper sometimes. But I realized something within two years. People will always talk. God loves you no matter what. And you can't control what other's say, but you can control how you react. You just have to stay positive and not let it effect you. I know some people are not strong enough to do that, which is why I think I am here. To be a friend. To help. And to love anyone who confides or needs someone unconditionally. I am here for you. I will listen. I care.
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