Eating while living with a restrictive eating disorder is me standing up for myself.
However I look, I’m just as I should be.
Why can’t I confront the person who assaulted me?
An acid attack at 13 meant learning to live with scars.
I’m happy with what I’m studying—for now.
My search for mental health goes back generations.
How I quit apologizing for existing.
It can feel like something I have to live up to.
Giving up my antisocial fantasyland to do the things that scare me.
Learning to form my own views.
May’s theme is HOMESTRETCH.
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Rookie is an online magazine and book series for teenagers. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography, and artwork that we publish. Learn more about us here, and find out how to submit your work here!