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What is wrong with being different?

October 27, 2009
By J.Moore BRONZE, Pisgah, Alabama
J.Moore BRONZE, Pisgah, Alabama
3 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
The world will tell you who you are, until you tell the world.

In today’s society, there are labels for every single person. Whether it is jock, prep, burn out, nerd, geek, or even queer, these labels can sometimes hurt. Just because a person doesn’t fit into another person’s idea of how they should be, that shouldn’t give them the right to stamp a label on their forehead. People act like being different is a crime, an unlawful act against society.
I have been a victim of this process my whole life. I was labeled as gay, queer, homo, and many other names, just because I am different. People will walk down the hallways at school and look at me, point, laugh, and even hit me, and I always ask myself the same question “What did I ever do to that person?” I have never understood why they would treat me like that, just because I didn’t act like every other guy at my school. I’m not gay and people just can’t accept I’m different.
People teasing me has scarred me forever, those nights I spent wishing I was dead. So words of advice to people, whenever you think about teasing someone don’t. You never know what kind of pain your causing.

The author's comments:
This piece is very personal and to all those who have ever been teased

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This article has 6 comments.

schlage GOLD said...
on Jan. 2 2012 at 7:30 pm
schlage GOLD, Erie, Pennsylvania
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It's great to hear that you were able to overcome the bullying. Many haven't been able to. Suicide rates are rising and your article makes a really good point at a big issue in our country.

on Jun. 18 2011 at 10:29 pm
LoveMeHateMe GOLD, Tecumseh, Oklahoma
10 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
Giving up doesn't always mean your weak, sometimes it just means your strong enough to let go.

Your right, they have no idea what kind of pain their causing you. Sometimes it ends lives, it almosted ended mine. But all you can do is try to be that one person who cares.

on May. 5 2011 at 11:20 am
peace_love_beauty PLATINUM, Florien, Louisiana
22 articles 35 photos 121 comments

Favorite Quote:
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

People are just so uncomfortable with theirselves that they find it necessary to harass others for their differences or flaws. Which is totally not cool.

Ally said...
on Oct. 4 2010 at 10:15 am
i suffer with the same problem ! i think u should just let them blab, ignore them as theyre only making a fool of themselves ! be the way you are ! we are born as a original and we should not die as a copy !  :)

stmxo12 SILVER said...
on Mar. 4 2010 at 6:09 pm
stmxo12 SILVER, Troy, Pennsylvania
6 articles 1 photo 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

People are afraid of what they can't understand. I'm with you 100% on this one, as I've been ridiculed for being different as well. But you know what? One day, we'll be the ones looking back at them laughing. This is my hope, anyway. That we will make a difference, we are the ones that stand out. We're born an original. Let's not die a copy. :)

on Dec. 22 2009 at 11:34 pm
Volleygirl25 SILVER, Pisgah, Alabama
7 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.-- Unknown

Just keep your head up and realize your that much better than them already.