To the girl in middle school who called me fat, to all the people I've tried to be friends with that rejected me: this is for you.
Call it shade, call it pettiness, but with Ari's new song fresh in our minds, I decided to use it as inspiration to write a nice little shoutout to some people I want to forget.
This isn't some "I was bullied" story, it's a story about how I became me.
On December 1st, 2018 — I drafted this article while listening to some music. Guess which one just played? That's right — "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green, circa 2010 (wow!)
I remember that song very vividly, it was the one I sang at the middle school talent. I remember it was in our library, and rows of students and parents were lined in front of me, ears open to listen. Then I opened my mouth.
If only I hadn't, but if not, I wouldn't have this article.
To the people who laughed at my pitchiness: Thank u, next.
In high school, I participated in theater. I didn't receive more hate from anyone but my own self. To that attitude, thank u, next.
When I met my first boyfriend, who made me feel guilty for not wanting to spend time with him: thank u, next.
When I met my best friend in high school who dumped my junior year: thank u, next.
When I came to college and met those fake people at orientation who cease to look in my direction, thank u, next.
To my viewpoint of myself at the gym when I stare at those girls with perfect bodies: it's not needed. Thank u, but next.
I could go on, but I won't for my own sanity. Truth be told, Ariana Grande went through a lot of sh*t to get to where she is today, but who hasn't? And when life gets you down, just think about Kris Jenner in Ariana's video as Regina George's mother: truly iconic.
Ariana Grande - thank u, next YouTube
So, to every person who's done me wrong: thank u, next.