As someone who has both been the bully and been bullied, let me just say to the kids out there who are reading this: IT GETS BETTER. 

As a freshman in high school, I was a cheerleader. THE head cheerleader. I treated people like garbage, used them, and criticized them. It wasn't until I had to move to another school district that I became the victim. For the first time in my life, my eyes were opened; I had treated people like this. I had been the person they skipped school for, avoided the cafeteria for, cried about to their parents. 

As a child, I had a lot of issues at home. My parents got divorced when I was 13 and my mother never really cared about me at all. Of course, I don't use this as an excuse for my behavior, but it happened. 

From my own bullying experience, as the victim, I can honestly say that this is just one small blip on the radar of your life. You will grow up to me so much more and live a full and productive life beyond this. Just because some idiot is hurling insults at you is no reason to give up. The world is full of people like that. Do what you love. Be the authentic person you are. Don't hide. 

There is nobody else like you.  =)

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