Developed a few masks since, but I try to be authentic through the masks. Lots of layers.

Yeah – I learned the “shield” early on. “Sticks ‘n Stones may break my bones” – I chanted that to myself in the 3rd grade after some mean girls called me a nerd… repeatedly.

By 4th grade, I had my shield up and ready and while I felt the ‘sting’ of name-calling, it didn’t devastate me anymore. I wouldn’t let it. Developed a few masks since, but I try to be authentic through the masks. Lots of layers.

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