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I Am Not A Statistic

May 15, 2018
By TobiasEliot DIAMOND, San Diego, California
TobiasEliot DIAMOND, San Diego, California
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Favorite Quote:
"I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul." -Pablo Neruda

"It's an...alternative school." 

"No, no, it's just that there is much less focus on grades."

I know I'm a problem kid.

I f*** up too much, too often.

I know I'm on the deliquent path.

I do bad things.

But all you ever do is blame my issues on mental illness.

"Oh, it's just your impulsivity from depression coming out."

*whispered to my principal by my mom last year* "Sir, she has anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She acts out sometimes because of that."

I'm not a diagnosis.

I'm not a statistic.

I am NOT my illness. 

I do stupid s*** because I LIKE it.

I like the rush of adrenaline.

I like the danger.

Not because I'm f***ed-up in my head.

The author's comments:

My problems do not define me. 

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