1. Having Divorced Parents
Growing up is hard, especially when your parents go through the divorce process. One of the hardest things people remember dealing with was the shame over the fact that their parents were no longer together. Although it wasn’t necessarily something kids teased each other about in school, it was nevertheless on the minds of countless children.
2. Naturally Curly Hair
When most girls in school have straight hair, having curly locks can be a source of stress! Sometimes, a young girl just wants to fit in. “I spent years straightening it and trying to get it to look like everyone else’s,” says one naturally-curly woman.
“Now I just let it go natural about 90% of the time and always get compliments on it. I can’t fathom fighting with my hair for hours every morning like I used to.”
3. Shopping at the Thrift Store
Sadly, kids pick on and tease each other for many things beyond their control. Countless women confess to being ashamed of shopping at discount grocery stores and thrift shops because it gave off the perception that they were poor.
It wasn’t until they were older that people finally moved on from this insecurity that was ultimately out of their control from the beginning.
4. Wearing Glasses
Thanks to countless television shows and films, glasses carried a stigma that many women were embarrassed by. To put it plainly: Only geeks and nerds wore glasses. Fortunately, that specific line of thinking is outdated in 2023, but when we were young, it was hard to shake the feeling of being a loser when you put on a pair of glasses.
5. Skin Blemishes
When your physical appearance is picked apart by your classmates regularly, even beauty marks can be a source of embarrassment for a young woman. “I have a raised mole on my elbow pit that I was really self-conscious of as a child,” explains one woman.
“I still remember wearing long sleeves all summer in 90-degree weather because I wanted to hide it from people. Thankfully I grew out of hating it, and I don’t pay much attention to it anymore — except for when I accidentally mistook the mole for a bug.”
6. Not Being Popular
I remember spending my free time worrying about not being as popular as I thought I would be in high school. As it turns out, I wasn’t alone: Millions of people confess to caring too much about their social circle and where they fit into it when they were younger.
Things change when you get older, however, since worrying about your popularity is something that fades away for most people!
7. Being Adopted
While there’s no reason to be ashamed of being adopted, many people confess it took them a long time to embrace it fully. In some cases, some women have even learned to joke about it!
“For some stupid reason, I thought it was something to hide from my friends,” admits one woman. “Now I’m more than willing to joke about it because I have proof my parents wanted me.”
8. Their Accent
Anybody who has moved to a new country or new region knows the struggle of sounding different than everyone else. Many people with unique accents report feeling unwelcomed by their community. As a result, it made many women feel ashamed of their cultural roots — a sharp contrast to the pride they feel as they get older.
9. Their Voice
Having unique voices makes everybody special – but try telling that to high school freshmen! “I have a slightly lower voice than most girls,” confesses one woman.
“I’ve grown to love it now, and in reality, it’s not even that deep, it’s just people being jerks, but as a kid, I struggled a lot with accepting it. I remember avoiding speaking as much as possible, especially if it was in class during presentations when there were more people around.”
10. Their Body Type
Body parts are the easiest target for school bullies and friends alike, and unless you had the perfect body growing up (and nobody did!), you were constantly made fun of.
From your legs to your nose – and every body part in between — nothing was off-limits in the eyes of judgmental teenagers. Thankfully, nearly all women have learned to love their bodies fully later in life.
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