I ran away, holding off tears.
Devastated that my “friends” were no longer my friends.
But rather than being sad, deep down I was actually relieved.
This was the 5 second moment when I realized, I no longer had to try to be someone else to fit in.
I didn’t have to be with the cool kids.
I didn’t have to rely on other people’s validation.
I could just be me.
P.S. The 11 year old me could never, so this post is for her.