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I will be the first to say that I am not materialistic. My friends label me as a goody-goody; my parents say I am conservative and modest when it comes to clothes. I don’t wear bikinis, and none of my skirts or shorts end above my knees. That is my choice.

So why, why did I feel so tempted? My family and I were in Target, and there it was, waiting. A skirt, specifically designed not to cover anything. It was tan and looked like something one of those anime schoolgirls would wear.

I checked my purse. The skirt cost $10. I had the money. I could buy it. I imagined walking into school and my pals’ jaws dropping. Guys would ask me out, and I would be happy. I could buy it – no, I should buy it.

I showed my mother. She was surprised but said it was my decision. My sister looked on enviously.

I went into the dressing room to try it on. So sure was I that this skirt would change me, somehow make me not what I am but what I wished to be. I slid my jeans off and put it on. Now for the decisive moment. I looked in the mirror. There I was – a geeky girl in a Superman T-shirt and sneakers. My glasses fogged up as I started to cry.

The skirt did not change me. Though it fit well and might make me look good in the eyes of ­today’s world, it was not me. I am not a girl who flirts or wears cool clothes to fit in.

I took the thing off and slid back into the ­comfort of modesty. My mom knocked on the door. “Emily, are you okay?”

I wiped away my tears. “I’m fine.” I looked in the ­mirror again and saw a blond skinny girl with dorky ­glasses and a ponytail. I saw myself.

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prophetic_priestess said...
Jan. 23, 2011 at 7:16 pm
This really is amazing. I can honestly relate, and the temptation really is always there, the want to fit in and be popular.
SyddieG said...
Jan. 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I just find this beautiful. I can honestly relate (along with 5 billion other people). Trying to break out of your box is extremely hard and can be impossible. I myself (I know you don't want to hear about myself but I have nothing else to put here) am forced by myself to stifle a certain part of me. I'm doing better anyway but still. I can get an subscription to seventeen magazine but I can't tell my friends. Girl, you had more courage than I would have. I wouldn't have even tried the skirt ... (more »)

twin2 said...
Jan. 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm
This is beautiful. just the way you composed your words together flowed.. and all the honesty shined through this work... Amazing.
BlankPage said...
Jan. 23, 2011 at 9:00 am
That was really good , stay true to yourself :]
mirandarousee! said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 9:36 pm
this was so familiar, I know that I will never feel right in a miniskirt and halter top, I feel comfortable in jean shorts and a tee shirt, it's just me. this story made me relize I don't have to be like everybody else, thanks, this story really helped.
mc112 replied...
Sept. 22, 2011 at 11:08 am
that was really awsome
claire126 said...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm
this is such an honest piece. It was so real, it almost brought me to tears. I loved this
RainyWriter This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm
Very honest, and what I like is that it tells the reader you can hope to be someone, but you won't necessarily become that someone. Many girls think this, and in my opinion try too hard to be like the glitzy celebs on TV and stuff. Short and swee, I liked it!
PoetLaureate07 replied...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm
i like it.. a lot.. great way to describe urself and feelings... wonderful!
GothChik95 said...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm
I think alot of girls have been through this same situation. it was just great. keep writing!!
Freedom_Cow said...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm
This is a great article that a lot of girls go though when growing up. Thanks for writing it.
Elizabeth_Day This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 14, 2011 at 11:12 pm
Freedom_Cow, you have, quite possibly, the awesomest screen name I have seen on Teen Ink... or anywhere else.
Freedom_Cow replied...
Feb. 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm


It was inspired be a video I found of a rescued bull dancing to the song "Joy to the World" that was being played to him at a Farm Sanctuary. 

That changed the way I look at a lot of different things.

Sir Geeks-a-lot said...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 8:45 am
Great article, can't say I'm unfamiliar with that situation.
Mohammed H. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 1:29 am
I love it. Hey now, you may be a "girl with dorky glases and a ponytail", but you definitely know how to write. =)
Eheu... said...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 12:55 am
this has been me sooo many times....
Anime_lover7 said...
Dec. 31, 2010 at 12:49 am
wow! great! its amazing that you didnt fall into the trap of american lifestyle! HIGH FIVE! ~high fives you!~
. said...
Dec. 16, 2010 at 8:02 pm
loved it amazing
FlawlessLawless said...
Dec. 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm
this is sooooo good! i can realte!!! :)
dolphin13 said...
Dec. 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm
Wow, this is so amazing! I can relate completely. Sometimes you want to be someone you are not so that you can be noticed, but it just doesn't work. Great Job!
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