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Letters from Stargazer!

A teen shares his experience of overcoming bullying in middle school...

Dear teenager,

Hi!

Before we start I’d like to make an acquaintance, my name is Stargazer. I’m just a normal 15-year-old; believe me, I’m a real person just like you. But there’s something more to me, which makes me proud of myself…let’s find out.

Make yourself comfortable, get a snack, settle in, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life.

We go through all sorts of stuff in middle school and high school. I’ve been through those dark days too. I can assure you. The only difference is that I can be your future; and that we’ve shared the same past (FYI: Nothing is made up, it’s the truth).

The middle school nightmare

Middle school was made a nightmare for me. It all started then. I have grey hair and I was mocked by nearly every single kid in school. Even my juniors made fun of me, if that helps. What made matters worse was the hyperactivity.

I haven’t shared this with anyone, so here’s our first secret; now you can trust me. I’d get these chilling intuitions out of nowhere. I would start jumping, laughing, shrieking and what not. I was mocked again. The sick jerks at my school would spread rumours that I am gay! Although I’m not; and have nothing against LGBTQ people; on the contrary I support them. The sad reality is that these jerks become constant catalysts to making matters worse.

Now, I love laughing at these people. Even though the cycle of mocking never ends, I got accustomed to it. It doesn’t bother me anymore. I don’t feel left out anymore because I have become one with them.

Be the nice person

I had a choice to become like these people and make fun of others or be nice. I chose to be nice. Being nice takes courage and is a test of your will power. It shows that even after being made the object of their jokes, you’re not affected. Appreciate being nice. Love yourself for this.

If you feel that the world doesn’t see the good in you, buckle up, because someone does. You’re brave and smart and headstrong to not have this ‘school-shit’ ruin you. I know it’s difficult to let go of what middle school brings to you, but at what cost? You cannot let this affect you. Have faith in your goodness, believe me, it works like anything. And as a consequence, even though I’m still mocked, some people in my school love and respect me.

Time changes, scenarios change. Life takes new turns. Because surprise! You’re in high school now. Alert: danger awaits. But move ahead, don’t quit, things get beautiful. Trust me and close your eyes and move ahead, now. Learn to let go of the past, it doesn’t bring anything, but regret. Whoever you were in those years, don’t let it ruin your today.

You’re a new person. A star in the galaxy. And I’m seeing you shine bright. Love yourself. You’ll love it.

Yours truly,

Stargazer.

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A week from the life of a teenager who is a topper in school

Do you think that students who get awesome grades have an awesome life, read Radhika’s story as she reveals the ugly side of being the best!

Hey guys!

My name is Radhika. I decided to write this article regarding the struggles of a topper for all my friends. I know many who have gone through this tough phase and are going through it. I hope my story helps them gather courage and move forward in life.

Presenting the week in my life.

Monday

After a break of over ten days, we finally got our result. Out of 50, I got 50 in Social Studies, 49 in Hindi, 48.5 in English, 47 in Maths and 46.5 in Science. I topped in three subjects including Social Studies, Hindi and English. I was happy to tell the results to my parents. I was elated, but my friends weren’t.

One of them said, “So what! It’s nothing new for you to score the highest.”

I could sense jealousy.

She even wanted to check my paper for any mistakes so that she could become the top scorer.

Tuesday

Still everyone was teasing me that I mugged up the books for scoring the highest.

My friend said “Bohot top kar rahi hai na English mein, chal is word ka meaning bata.”

It was clear that she was boiling with envy, but I let it go.

Wednesday

My friend invited me for a party and told me that I will have to dance. Everyone was like, “WWHATT !! Radhika’s gonna dance.”

Then another said, “It’s a good joke! She can never dance. She is damn studious and studies are the only thing she has in her life.”

That was very insulting, and I felt deeply hurt. Anger rose to the surface but I calmed myself down. I said to myself, “this too shall pass.”

Thursday

Since the results have come out, the only thing my friends have done is made fun of me. Whenever I try to strike a conversation with them, all I hear are their rude comments and taunts.

I am fed up of their behaviour. I didn’t even talk to my friends today because I knew they would eventually make fun of me. I concentrated totally on studies.

I tried to console myself but could not.

Friday

Today, everyone started asking me about my routine and daily schedule. .

“How many hours of the day do you study?”

“How many breaks do you take?”

“How often do you revise?”

Since I was becoming the centre of attention, one boy started passing comments like, “Why are you asking her, if we start following her schedule, we won’t even get to play or message.”

I could not take it anymore and replied in a stern voice, “Talk about me only when you are able to score the highest. You cannot even speak English correctly so just SHUT UP.”

Saturday

I talked about this incident to my mother. She told me two things. One was that my friends were trying to discourage me so that my performance deteriorates. The second was that if this behaviour persists then I should talk to my teacher.

I shared these instances with my teacher and she told me that I was not wrong and I need not take their comments seriously. She also suggested that I should speak up.

Sunday

After a long time, I am able to relax and calm my mind. I am able to sit in peace and feel proud of my accomplishments. I am proud of myself. Now, people’s comments do not affect me as much. Now, I ignore them and move on with my life. I want to make a career and getting good marks is a pre-requisite for that. I will not let other people’s comments come in the way of my success.

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