MATURE, OR JUST DIFFERENT?

A friend of mine once told me:

"You're the most

mature

seventeen-year-old I've ever

met".

And I wonder:

"Is that why I feel

different

from the

others

in my class?

Is that why I feel like I can

never be

one of them?

Is that why I feel so

left out?

Why I am

taunted and discriminated?

Because I think

differently

than the others?"

Each time I ask myself

those questions, I always seem to find

answers

to them.

The one thing I cannot find the

answer

to though, is

how

I can find them.

What is that thing that makes it

feel

like I

know myself

so completely, that I can figure these things out myself?

That's the

one thing

I

cannot understand

about myself.

The only answer I can think of is that

I'm different

from the other students.