and when it's all over and the curtains close,

they give her a standing ovation and throw flowers at her feet.

they'll talk for days about her performance.

some will criticize and say she's too over the top.

and its true.

she likes to be center-stage and in the spotlight,

she wants to be the one they envy, the topic of conversation in every circle, and the center of attention.

but the few who really know her,

know she just wants someone to love her.

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she was constantly reminded that she wasn't good enough and she'd never make it.

she tried to ignore them and tell herself she could do anything.

than she looked in the mirror…

and every flaw seemed to jump out at her;

the acne, the extra weight, the bad haircut, the scars, the not-so-perfect smile.

she sat in front of the mirror tearing at herself,

wishing she looked more like those girls on TV,

wondering 'why can't that be me?'

she felt defeated and ashamed,

for giving into the peer pressure of trying to be perfect.

but she realized,

they were right.

she wasn't good enough.

and in the end, she was her biggest critic.

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and when it's all over and the curtains close,

they give her a standing ovation and throw flowers at her feet.

they'll talk for days about her performance.

and they'll wish they would've given her a chance.