I was a very overweight 15 year old girl. I made myself the butt of jokes thinking the people who laughed were laughing with me, not at me. One day after making a joke at my own expense the crowd of other teens scattered. A senior boy who had stood at the back of the little crowd spoke up. "Plenty of people will make fun of you and laugh at you in your life. Never lead the way. Believe in yourself." I didn't know his name but that small kindness that has stuck with me all my life.

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