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Have you ever felt really nervous or had jittery stomach butterflies around someone? Don't worry, you're not sick! It happens to all of us: crushes. Once upon a time, when I was 11 years old, I had a crush who was really mean to me. He ended up breaking my heart, but I definitely learned a lot from the experience.
He used to hang out with my neighbor, so I would see him around the neighborhood a lot. One day, he and his friend were riding their bikes past my house, and I heard him yelling really mean things about how I was ugly and had no friends! Harsh, right? The first thing I did was go inside and cry my eyes out.
But then I realized something. I am not ugly. I have never been ugly and I never will be ugly. I have wonderful friends who think I'm awesome just the way I am. OK, maybe not a lot of friends; maybe just 2 really good friends, but here's the important thing I realized: HE DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE ONE OF THEM! He does not deserve any of my attention whatsoever.
I ignored him after that, just completely shut him out. When I saw him, I kept walking as if I didn't know him at all. All during middle school and high school, I gave my love and attention to my true friends who saw the awesomeness and beauty in me that I knew was there. I lived happily ever after because I did not let him write MY life story!
How will this help you make the world a better place? It's all about kid power! Heartbreak is a part of life, but you always have the power to write your own life story. Don't get sidetracked by anyone who doesn't think you're awesome. Don't let anyone stop you from doing the amazing things you were born to do!
— Glory, Scholastic Intern (a.k.a. CupcakeChateau4)