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Hope

I am 23 years old, and was born in England, but at the age of seven my family moved to Spain. From the day I stepped into school there, until the day I left, ten years of my life, I was bullied by other pupils and some teachers because I was English. I was called names and pushed around, kids would lift up my skirt so everyone would see my underwear. They would steal my money, school supplies and homework, they would also write abusive words in my school books. I had a teacher who refused to have me in her class because I was English, another teacher made me apologize in front of the whole class because the English had sunk the Spanish Armada, and if I didn’t apologize I would be suspended from her class. I’d go home and when my parents asked “how was your day?” I would always answer “fine”. I felt like they weren’t going to believe me anyway, so why bother trying to explain something that hurts. I would do my homework and then lie on my bed, praying to be sick so I didn’t have to go to school the next day. I did that for 10 years.
In the mean time one of my best friends committed suicide, no one fully knew why, it was hard for me to come to terms with, I lived so far away and felt so helpless. I started to withdraw, be depressed and suffered anxiety. I just wanted it all to stop, I was fed up. I didn’t care how, it just needed to stop.
Then in the very early hours one morning I was on Youtube and I happened to come across one of Nick’s videos “No Arms, No Legs, No worries” this video changed my life! Nick got it, he understood, he knew what to say. Nick talked about a mask we wear, pretending everything is okay when we are paralyzed with fear. I realized very quickly how important other peoples opinions and judgement meant to me and I hated it. Then Nick said something else ” I love you” he was probably the first person who said those words, that I actually believed.
I wondered if my friend had seen this video would the outcome have been different?
I’m trying my best to forgive those who hurt me, forgiveness doesn’t change what happened, but it is the process of healing. Days can still be difficult, but Nick gave me hope that things will get better.
Thank you Nick for helping me re-find hope!

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