Entering my senior year, I’ve learned a lot about myself as well as others. I’ve become more outspoken over the past four years, and others just can’t seem to take it. I’m not that naive little girl that I used to be, and I’m quick to call someone out if I notice any unfair treatment. I’m always made out to be the bad guy just because I stay true to myself, and I’ve learned to protect my heart after many heartbreaks. Just like any other teenage girl, I’ve encountered those toxic people and realized just how fake they really are. They’ve been disguised as my friends all along. The ones who are supposed to look out for my well-being at all costs. They don’t. They just don’t. I’ve started to realize that they could care less about what’s going on in my life. Selfishly, in the most vuernable time in my life, I hear nothing from these so called “true friends”. Learning how to deal with this isn’t easy at all. Thankfully, some people actually have good intentions, and I know who actually has my back through tough times. With this being said, I have a new outlook on things once again. I can no longer wait around for respect. I WILL be respected, and if my so called “true friends” don’t like that…. Well they can get it over. I’m going to start doing unto others as they’ve done unto me. If you want my hospitality, then show me some back. I refuse to be upset over pity problems and useless drama. I cannot be treated like I’m nothing any longer. My opinion DOES matter and I’m going to share it. Hurting my feelings may be a thrill for you and putting down my ideas must be a full time job. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way anymore. I can stand on my own just fine so if you treat me badly, don’t expect me to be okay with it. One thing I will not be is a last choice either. If you want to walk out of my life and ignore me, I will gladly hold the door for you. I need to be surrounded by people who are on my side instead of constantly trying to tear me down. I will not bow down to someone who thinks they’re the boss of me. NOONE bosses me around. I do what I want when I want. My outlook on life is clearer, and my mind is stress free because I realize my importantance. Those “true friends” I’ve met in high school won’t really matter after graduation. Those few that actually treat me with love, compassion, and loyalty. I thank you all for that. Your friendship means more to me than you’ll ever know. For those “true friends”, I really have no words for someone who doesn’t value my friendship or love me for who I am.