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19 Struggles Every Awkward Kid Overcame

*moves to the front seat of the bus*

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1. The dreaded years when you had braces.

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Can't wait to get red and green elastics for ~Christmas.~

2. And smiling like this to hide them every time picture day came around.

If you can't see my braces in any photos, it will be like these three years never happened.

3. When your skin decided it hated you.*

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*And it still reminds you of those times with some good ol' adult acne every now and then.

4. When you felt like people weren't talking to you, they were talking to your zit.

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I mean it's possible they were looking into my eyes, but probably not.

5. Figuring out how the hell to talk to adults.

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"Hi, Mom – I mean – Mrs. Smith. Sorry, I don't know why I said that."

6. Assuming if your crush ever talked to you, that it was a dare.

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But then to your relief, they just told you they liked your best friend.

7. The dread of meeting a new person in a social situation.

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Do we hug? Should I shake their hand? Wave??? WHAT DO I DO?

8. Fake laughing every time someone made a sexual joke you totally didn't get.

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*runs home and goes on Urban Dictionary*

9. Realizing where you fell in the social hierarchy.

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Spoiler: it wasn't at the top.

10. Thinking getting cornrows on vacation made you look cool.

Who cares if the cruise was to Alaska? They had a lady that did your hair on the boat.

11. Unrequited love being the only love you knew.

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~he doesn't even know my name~

12. Not having the slightest clue how to dress for your body.

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Bell bottom jeans? OK!

13. Or how to apply make up.

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*puts on more black eye liner*

14. Having hobbies that only you knew were "cool."

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Laugh now, but when I have a more expansive vocabulary than you, you'll be sorry.

15. Listening to music that wasn't on the radio or a NOW CD, so everyone thought you were a dweeb.

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My mom let me borrow her Enya CD and it is AWESOME.

16. Never knowing how to do your hair.

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And missing the back of your hair when you straightened it. Every time.

17. Hanging by the wall at school dances.

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Whatever, I didn't want to dance, anyway.

18. Raising your hand in class and having it be the most terrifying thing ever.

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*heart starts beating extra fast*

19. And class presentations being a form of torture.

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Yes, uh... words.

But don't worry. You're totally getting the last laugh now.

Because not only did your awkwardness make you funny...

... it also made you strong.

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