You know when you go to a middle school with people you've known for majority of your life, you almost automatically have a stereotypical label tattooed on your forehead. For me, it was being the girl who was always quiet, the one who looked at the ground when she walked. Of course I had my friends who I could open up around, but to other than those few really close friends, most of whom I have known for years, I wasn't worth much.
So, before I started high school, a high school where I knew nobody, I was afraid yet happy all the same. I was afraid that I would be seen as the quiet girl once more, happy that I had a chance to change that label. To get that invisible tattoo forever removed, I doubted I could do it.
But I did.
I don't look at the ground when I walk anymore. I'm confident now, I can face anyone with a smile, but I didn't really change. All I did was break out of my shell, i'm still the same person as before, it's just that people can SEE the person that I am now.
I still do miss my old friends, but I try to keep in touch. But I know it won't be too long before some forget about me - oh well. I've got new ones.
Don't get me wrong, i'm not the loudest person around. I don't attract a lot of attention, but I do make myself known.
Damn, if only all of my old friends could see me now. Most of 'em would be amazed.