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March 7th (Friday) Myth vs Reality: What advice do you wish someone would have told you when you were 13 years old

Popularity is a big one. When I was thirteen I tried hard to be an extrovert, and I thought being "shy" was a weakness. Whenever someone ignored me or was rude, I figured it was my fault. I thought I wasn't interesting or cool enough. Then I realized that ignoring people and being rude was a bad trait, and that it wasn't me who had to change anything about myself, but rather the other person. Trying to be popular through fake behavior, modifying our physique and being hard on ourselves can be stressful. 

I'm not sure if hearing someone say this to me at 13 would've worked or made much sense as it does now. But the truth is that beautiful and genuinely kind girls eventually blossom into respectable women, especially if they remain honest with who they are. So it's important to endure through those hard and confusing times, not letting anyone change who we really are.

Happy International Women's Day!! I'm happy to be a part of this beautiful community. 

*The pictures posted are of me at the age of thirteen in Monterrey, Mexico; at a time when digital cameras had just come out! 

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