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January 10, 2013
I have been bullied my entire life.
Random strangers seem to be the new trend; it's 'classy,' and easier mostly because they're less likely to get into trouble.
My outward appearance doesn't help. No matter how much eyeliner or mascara I use, I will always have miniscule eyes.
But I have never been bullied into submission.
There was a time, in sixth grade, when I was scared to say anything, to fight back. My parents didn't know about it. My teachers didn't know about it. And because I had just moved there, I had no friends to know about it.
I am not afraid now.
I remember the first time I felt that way. In seventh grade, I was sitting in the bus, reading a book and enjoying it. Definitely illegal behavior. I looked into my tormentor's eyes that once and didn't see the joy I thought would belong. Those eyes were cruel slices torn by pain.
And thus my worst tormentor became my best friend.
It is possible to weave a friendship out of the very barrier that separates.
I still get picked on by random strangers today. Sometimes a push in the hallway, sometimes a under-the-breath "chink."
But I don't care. I don't care. I am a chink. I have miniscule eyes. And the very barrier that separates us is the one that makes us the same.

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jetta.ckThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm
Wow. I loved this... I thought it was really good at the beginning, but seemed a little bit more general towards the end. It's nothing to worry about though. I can tell this came straight from yur heart and through your pen, and that's what makes it a fantastic piece. Very relatable - amazing job.
In_Love_with_Writing said...
Jan. 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm
I can also relate. This was really nice. I wish you could expand on it though. I bet it would be really great as a long story!
Labtopnerd This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 12, 2013 at 10:59 am
Wow, I feel your pain. I have been bullied in the past also, but I was blessed with woderful friends who helped me get through it. Some of my bullies became my friends also, so I can really relate. I know that it always gets better, and someday no one will be able to pick on you!
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