TED十佳演讲之身体语言 别让欺凌掩盖了你的美丽(06)


To this day, he is a stick of TNT lit from both ends, could describe to you in detail the way the sky bends in the moment before it's about to fall,


and despite an army of friends who all call him an inspiration,


he remains a conversation piece between people who can't understand sometimes being drug-free has less to do with addiction and more to do with sanity.


We weren't the only kids who grew up this way.


To this day, kids are still being called names.


The classics were "Hey, stupid," "Hey, spaz." Seems like every school has an arsenal of names getting updated every year.


And if a kid breaks in a school and no one around chooses to hear, do they make a sound?


Are they just background noise from a soundtrack stuck on repeat, when people say things like, "Kids can be cruel."


Every school was a big top circus tent, and the pecking order went from acrobats to lion tamers, from clowns to carnies, all of these miles ahead of who we were.


We were freaks -- lobster-claw boys and bearded ladies, oddities juggling depression and loneliness, playing solitaire, spin the bottle, trying to kiss the wounded parts of ourselves and heal,


but at night, while the others slept, we kept walking the tightrope. It was practice, and yes, some of us fell.


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