Stop caring so much about what others say of you. Your complexes for the rest of your life mainly stem from this one year of being the new kid who doesn’t speak the language.
It doesn’t matter if you run like a penguin, even if your teacher is the one who told you so.
It doesn’t matter if the other kids in class are so superstitious that they think the things you do will give them bad luck. That’s their luck, isn’t it?
It doesn’t matter if they don’t want to be your friends. There are more friends to be made elsewhere, whose friendship won’t rely on whether you’re “in” or not. It’s not as if you’ll remember them past high school anyway.
It doesn’t matter if the locals think you’re stuck up for speaking in English. It turns to your advantage when you start work.
Don’t waste your time borrowing and hiding those Sweet Valley books. There are much better books to read, as you’ll soon discover. Those Nancy Drew books you keep getting with your book prize money? You’re going to be giving them away too.
Treasure those moments in England and Sweden with your family. It’s the last family holiday you’ll have for a very long time.
Believe in yourself. Learn to be comfortable being the odd one out, because you’ll almost always be.
And that’s cool.
Nina posted a story prompt on G+ that I initially missed, but I caught a call for submissions off a twitter link she sent out much later.
Read the call for submissions here, if you're interested in writing a similar post!