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Don't you remember when you were young?
When the world seemed so bright.
The stars shined ever so bright every night.
You were happy to just play all day,
Never knew you were wasting your life away.
You were a child,
and to you the future was so bright.
You couldn't wait to grow up and make a difference,
to show the world who you were.

But then you grew up.

You had to go to school.
Your wild spirit was labeled as a mental defect.
You were told to shut up and sit down.
They didn't care what you stood for,
because you were a child,
and children don't know what they're talking about, right?

Through the years you were told you were wrong so many times,
you believed it yourself.
You believed that you were stupid,
that you needed to work harder and pay better attention.
But that didn't work did it?
So you were still labeled.

years passed and the labels grew,
trouble maker,
out casted,
and worst of all,

You were labeled for being who you were.
Your wild spirit was crushed to the point where you just shut down.
You didn't care anymore.
Everyday was the same;
you got to school,
did your work and went home.
By this time you were a drone.

You could have shined!
You could have shown the world who you really were,
but instead you didn't,
instead you were told that you must be wrong.
You're not like the others,
so you can't be right.
Your wild spirit was crushed;
you became a shell of yourself.

Don't you remember when you were a child,
and you could run free,
you could actually dream!
But then you went to school,
and those dreams were crushed.

You could have been something amazing.
But you weren't.
Because when it all boils down to it,
according to our education system;
were all just numbers labeled with our mental problems.
The saddest thing about it
is that there's not much we can do about it.
i wrote this after thinking about a conversation me and my friend trip had last night. we were talking about how according to our school system were labeled by our problems. i have ADD and though i get good grades and im in smart kid classes im still labeled as "that one girl with ADD so make sure she gets extra help even though she doesn't really need it." it annoyed me that this is how our school system works because to me it makes school feel like a jail, not a place to learn. there are some teachers though who actually get to know you before you get labels but in the end we get labeled. and there's not much we can do about it :/

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eva1700 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
This shows how society is at a whole.....kinda sad actually
dragonhatchling Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013

I've never been called names, at least not to my face (but it happened behind my back I found out). But I have been called out, people telling me to shut up (I can be a chatterbox sometimes, but that's no reason to be so hateful towards me), that I'm immature cause I love dragons.

ADHD, that's me. I never saw myself as labeled, even though everyone else did.

HeartSelect Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Dragons are awesome though... How could anyone be ever annoyed about dragons
dragonhatchling Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
It's hard to explain.
Aglaismilberti Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I experienced the reverse affect. I began to care less and less what other people thought and more about my goals. Because I realized people labeled me weird because they couldn't understand what I was talking about. I assumed eventually they would read enough books to reach my level and if not forget them. One could argue I live an average life but only on the surface does it appear this way. I had a live fish swimming around my christmas tree this year. I once walked into the woods and carved an old stump into a young woman just because I felt like it. I breed insects in my basement and refuse to read any book less than 100 years old. I study more that I'm out of school than I did when I was in that state mandated prison for the mind. I purposely create styles to weed out the people not worth talking to in a population. In college I dressed goth one day and hick the next to record people's reactions. The older I get the more filled with joy I become as I do the things I've always wanted to do. School is hell compared to the freedom of adulthood even working 2 jobs I feel less oppressed than going to school. Now I only see people as worth my time or not. We are only as free as we are bold to be. Enjoy life you will die and when you come face to face with the collective souls of mankind you better have an awesome story.
XBloodySweetheartX Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I complementary understand the Rebel one... Everyone assumes I'm some badass, rude, hot-headed chick... I'm really just an artistic otkaus, but noooo people can't see that!!
DodgingTheBeat Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   Writer
First two lines reminds me of "The Kids Aren't Alright" by The Offspring.
zoa-boo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love that song :3
AsharaNi Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
True. It's very hard to keep believing you can still make it as a non-copy of everyone else. It really is hard, but in the end, if one succeeds to keep the faith, it'll probably pay back somehow...:thumbsup:
Toobworm Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ugh, school just represses the best of us, a person isn't a name, a grade, or their "Intelligence Quotient."
Broarmymember Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I...I know...
naruhinafc4eun Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
♥ ♥
warriors541 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yes I get it. This is totally me. I actually thought about this exact thing once to. Someone who understands is out there. I got up one time in class and for no reason whatsoever I yelled" I'm a freak and I love it!" Everyone stared at me weird and I just didn't care at the time. It felt great to speak out. I try to go against everyone cuz I don't want to be like everyone else, I feel trapped all the time at school I hate it. I hate school. I hate clicks, I hate posies, I hate labels, I hate stereotypes, and I hate the educational system. Fuck them for I am me and no one is going to take that away from me.
CazyBunny Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what a true photography. i simply love it. good job!
zoa-boo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :3 the writtings mine but the picture is done by a different artist, her username is in the discription
CazyBunny Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ah okey.. must have overseen the description after reading the long text :'D haha
Kronos1410 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student General Artist
~This is a mirror for many~
You should put it our for critiqueable just to get that 10/10 ^^
zoa-boo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know how to do that haha, i've never had my work be noticed enough to do it :p
Kronos1410 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student General Artist
but...itīs so awesome ]:

* Find the picture, on the right side there is a "edit" button. After pressing it, you will be directed to the edit page. If you scroll down, you will find "critiques" which you can activate. The only problem is that you need Premium membership to activate it ^^ *
zoa-boo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Meh I don't have a Premium membership :/
xSilentNinjax Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist
I can't even begin to explain how true this is.
shurikenmaster302 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I usually cast off these clinging leeches and I show em' who's boss! I can't get a little downed though....
BlackCatOfFire Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
In life, you must lead, believe in what you care about, because those who lable you are jealous. They want to be loved, they want to be seen. They know not of how it feels to be cared about, to be loved, to be called someone's closest friend. They have no right to do so, but they know not of how it feels. I don't write such things to get people down, nor do I write such things to hurt. You may have ADD like me or maybe something worse, but that doesn't mean what they call you is true. Only you know who you really are. Friends and family are the best things to have in this world, better than money.
Although people may call you a 'reject' or 'freak', even though it hurts, they haven't got to the pleasure to get to know the REAL you. The YOU inside that they didn't give a chance to get to the door when they rang the bell. Even if people lable, the lable may feel heavy, but don't let it stop you. Dream on, Learn more, and Drive yourself to continue. Words of advice a friend gave to me when she was labled as the 'mute freak'. Lables never stopped her and so far they've never stopped me. I hope I helped any who felt bad! ^.^
Polionster Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GOD it hurts to be called names.
Namostute Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Student General Artist
This is great work. Well done :) I sometimes feel maybe I should have folowed like others but this makes me feel good because my wildness was never crushed. Thanks :D
zoa-boo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I learned the hard way that following others isnt the right way. Always be yourself, it soo much more fun :)
Manga-wasabi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can relate so much. You have put into words that which has been rolling around in my head since a long time.
xxThornyTigerxx Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I know what you mean; my favorite class is lunch. My friends and I talk about ways to get into various other dimensions, and buying heat sensors so we can find transdimensional portals. School... only fun in anime.
TheFeyOne Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
just to let you know, if you rebel you are punk. its not a stereotype that punks rebel because rebelling makes you punk. the fact that people think that clothing makes you punk is a stereotype. just thought i would let you know that.
zoa-boo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I listen to punk music, dress very punkish and i guess for someone elses pov i am punk. Ive never cause anynmore toruble than a "normal" person but most of my teachers think i will cause trouble or im a rebel. Because i dress very punkish and listen to punk peope think im a rebel. Maybe for you being/looking/ acting punk you arent sterotyped as a rebel but where im from, i am.
TheFeyOne Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
well, that must be annoying.
zoa-boo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Its i. It was one of my main reons to write the poem haha
africanbeauty19 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
this so true!! I love this!
i love this. great job for posting this.
LadyScarring Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Could use minor edits (were should be we're, shined doesn't ring quite right, perhaps make it present tense by saying "you could shine"?) but otherwise pretty good for a vent poem.
zoa-boo Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks and yeah I know. Spelling and gramar are really not my thing haha and I don't have much time to go back and edit alot of it
crazi-4-muffinz Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is really good..& obviously (looking at the comments) very controversial. Good job! :D
zoa-boo Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
I had no clue that it would be come so contoversial, it was just a vent poem. I guess people understood what I was trying to say and related to it
eatsleepart Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it really makes you think about life and whats really happening.. thank you for this
phantomgirl663 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely hate how the education system labels children beginning in elementary school and then those labels stick with us until we graduate. Kids change all the time, but the labels stay with us anyway because teachers gossip or it's written in some file. The majority of the kids and teachers at my school have never even tried to take the time to know me, but they always give me the same, false labels that have been stuck to me since kindergarten.
Love the poem, by the way :)
zoa-boo Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks hun,
And I know how you feel. Just be cause I've been diagnosed with ADD doesn't mean i can't grasp the subject. I just wish that people would look past those lables, they don't and never will define me.
I-R-MAN Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Stereotypes are based on actual observations made by people as a whole, it's not just one guy sitting around slapping labels on people. Sure some of them are inflammatory and wrong, buts others are pretty accurate, people aren't as different as you think...
I think this whole "I'm an individual don't label me" thing is too over dramatic.
The only inappropriate stereotype up there is the "Asians like maths" one.
The punk movement was about rebelling, so if that girl walks around saying she's punk, then people are going to think she's a rebel.
The colorful hair girl is most definitely looking for attention, changing your hair color is purely aesthetic, she doesn't even see the hair on her head if she doesn't stand in front of a mirror. It can only be done in attempt to effect other people's perceptions.
AmythestWings Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Yes they are but they aren't always right and when one person decides that your wierd then the others tend to follow. So sometimes it is just one person sitting around slapping labels on people. I am perfectly fine with being normal in fact I like being normal it's the "she wears black every day she must be gothic or she never wears skirts she must be a lesbian" that gets on my nerves. I wear black because I'm fashioned challenged and black matches everything. I don't wear skirts to school because I don't think I look good in skirts. A girl can change her hair color for herself. It doesn't have to be for other people. When you put pink in your hair and you think it is awesome you can walk around with your head held high with a little pride and self confidence. Not because anyone else said,"That looks cool." But because you enjoy it and feel happy. Not looking for attention just trying to be yourself and be happy. Not other peoples perceptions of you but your own. That one streak of bright green can make you feel beautiful.
BrokeNL Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
I've never understood this mentality of "I'm different than everybody else, I don't fit in."

You know what? That's a damned choice.
People don't care if you're a 'little chubby' to quote one person, people don't care if you're always 'reading and writing and drawing'. These things do not make you unique or special, they make you a human being. And I know plenty of let's say, popular people, who are a little chubby, or dye their hair, or read and write and draw.
The problem with most people is they're so determined NOT to fit in, because they don't want to be seen as one of "them" or one of the...and I quote several people here, "normal / boring".
The whole world is against me vibe is childish, and the vast majority of you will grow out of it within a few years.

AmythestWings Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
I understand that is what makes us human. We are all differant and that is what makes us the same. Wow it sounds like I'm on crack but it makes sense to me.

It's not a choice. People care if your a 'little chubby' they talk about you and how you need to lose weight and why you wear what you do and the single you out. Maybe that person wants to fit in but when your chosen to be the outcast maybe its better to be proud of you differences then depressed about them. And those popular people make sure that there is a few who "Don't fit in." The girl who wears to much black or doesn't have a boyfriend or maybe the boy who is just as talented at everything the popular kid is only he's gay. Most of us won't grow out of it because we have grown up in a school full of people who are determined that you know your different than them and that your differences are wrong.

Yes sig, because we are all the same in the fact that we judge.
BrokeNL Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
People DON'T care though, not really.
Everyone who's a little chubby, wears a lot of black, gay, whatever, they get it into their head that they're a social outcast and even if they're not treated as such - they'll act like it.
Sure, there's some idiots out there in the "popular" kids who will make jokes, poke fun, maybe bully a bit, but guess what? there's idiots in the outcasts too.

The thing is, when I was 14-15 I started wearing a lot of black, in fact I don't think I had a single t-shirt that wasn't black. I listened to "emo" music, had long black straight hair AND I was overweight. Judging by the majority of people commenting I should probably have been beaten to death.
Yet, no, I actually hung around with a group who would definitely fall into the "popular" kids group. And why? Because, despite what people think, there's very little difference between haves and haves not. Maybe slightly little dress sense, music taste and such things but at the end of the day they're just people and if you're a decent person who doesn't self-deprecate constantly like 99% of people on this damn thread, then they don't care.

Being a social outcast is unappealing, so stop pretending you are one (not you directly), man or woman the fuck up and stop feeling sorry for yourself.
The world is not as bad as you all think it is.
AmythestWings Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
No not everyone cares, but those that do make a big impact. I'm not saying that everyone is out to get the kids that act differently but when you get hurt you start to think that everyone does hate you. Seriously they are treated like that.

Maybe it's gotten worse since when you were 14-15 or it's just my small town but you can't walk down the hall without hearing someone make fun of the girl who is overweight and listens to Metallica or that boy who wore those "gay" shoes.

I don't self deprecate until someone tells me to. That one person that tells me that my pants are to tight makes me self conscious for the rest of the day and every time I look at those pants I can't put them on.

I have great friends who love me black clothes, book reading, nerd, and loud singer that I am. Most of the kids in my grade are my friends and all I'm tryin to say is if you don't know that person then don't judge.

These people that are commenting have had bad experiences even if you haven't. My friend was shoved into lockers and called names all because she is a little bit overweight. Not even that much but she was so depressed because of that one person no matter what anyone else told her.

Don't tell these people they don't have anything to complain about when you don't know what they have been through. If you can't undertand then don't tell them they are wrong.Yes,some of them might just be whiny brats but that one depressed kid that has been bullied doesn't need to hear you tell them they don't have the right to talk about it.

Your judging the same people you are saying haven't been judged.
Shockity Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
I think you could have used better and more creative word choice, and the topic is sort of worn out. If you had taken a new spin on it, it would be more than fine, but honestly this seems a bit overdone.
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