Of course! I remember one time in middle school, when a friend commented that my skin looked like I scraped my face on the concrete or something. It was just so red and “holey” looking. Naturally, to seem “cool” because I apparently cared about that aspect of my persona back then, I just laughed it off and complimented her, saying that her skin looked perfect. But inside, I did feel awful. I thought, “What did I do to deserve this?” And I silently screamed for help.
I dealt with it by shutting out criticism and just focusing on my academic and extracurricular activities; probably why I’m excelled in those areas. Anyways, like all of stress caused my everything in my life, I suppressed my emotions, which certainly isn’t the most healthy practice. But who was I going to talk to? I guess, I can’t really answer my own question that I asked in this discussion; I didn’t deal with my problems back then, I simply locked them away.
Now, I’m definitely miles away from that, and it was definitely a learning experience. Looking back, I thank those that criticized me because now I’ve learned to stand alone, strong and resolute. Haha, I’m SO lame! xD
What about you guys?