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They say time does not last but a memory will Unfortunately a memory does not always serve the positive requirements that we burden upon it My memories serve only to haunt me of who I once was and who I never will be Home videos are the only trace left of the happy extrovert I once had known myself to be In particular one can see a skinny blond-haired child dancing on the streets of Disney World and striking poses like a runway model for the passing strangers I wanted to be noticed for everyone to look at me as I smiled and leaped off and on the curb of the sidewalk Those days did not last When did I change That question can never be answered It has been so long since I have been able to remember being that happy child Somewhere in middle school a new identity arose within me I became fragile to other peoples words I was constantly on guard against the limitations and criticisms from people I once considered to be my friends They were a horrible group of friends the type that could condemn you for life just for wearing generic brand shirt and not Gap Each morning I would wake up with the prospect of a new opportunity for happiness among my friends Each day my hopes were shattered as I walked into the classroom and with just one glance shock myself back into reality My stomach churned with anxiousness as the racing of my heart caused my head to become dizzy I wanted to flee from the unbearable torture that awaited me and hide like a groundhog for all winter unlike a groundhog whose only job is to sleep I had to be in school It was in this grou p of people I associated with that I lost my sense of self my independence and my childhood The torture did not stop there The
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