They can take you down with a single blow. They humiliate and point out flaws like it's their job. They make you feel like you want to curl up somewhere and cry. It doesn't matter how hard you try, they just don't like you. It's almost like a war, it's that hard. You would lay down your armor, now, if you could just be friends, but apparently "that's impossible."
Who hasn't had one of these people in our lives? I had one who turned my best friend against me and humiliated me beyond belief within a matter of weeks. Yeah, seventh grade was the worst year of my life.
How does a person deal with this? Well, it's really, really hard. First, you have to learn to live with yourself. Easy enough and now, I know this is going to sound crazy, but you have to forgive them for what they did. It's hard to do, but you have to do it. Eventually, being mean will get them nowhere in life, so they'll be stuck in a rut while you soar in life. Keep that in mind.
Then, surround yourself with people who you want to be like. You know, smart, good people. They usually make you feel all nice inside.
Live, forgive and surround yourself with these people, and you will be happy. I promise.
Originally posted at firstname.lastname@example.org on February 4, 2011.