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Do Tell: Did You Go Through an Awkward Phase?

There’s just something about adolescence — and I think it has a lot to do with hormones — that tends to bring out the awkwardness in people. Admittedly, I had my own awkward phase, but it was when I was nine. I was too gangly for my own good, with teeth too big for my small mouth and a terrible bowl haircut. Needless to say, it wasn’t pretty, but I think hitting a point in your life when you just don’t quite fit in or know how to act is about as normal as it gets. Were you one of the lucky few that skipped it altogether or did you have an awkward phase like me?


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BellaEdward4ever BellaEdward4ever 8 years
Yes, definitely...actually until this year (9th grade). In sixth grade, I arrived at the private school I was starting at only to find that I was pretty much the entire person in our 22 person class who didn't know someone else...I spent the entire year reading in one of the classrooms. And in seventh and eighth grade, I had two great friends, but they were both SO weird it definitely damaged my social status-I was actually embarrassed to be seen with them. But this year, I grew into my social skin, as it were, and I'm loving it!
melody20 melody20 8 years
Yeah! I was veeeeeeeeeeeery weird in elementary school! LOL My classmates thought i was crazy! Prefer not to specify! rofl
GirlNinja GirlNinja 8 years
I've felt awkward ever since I had my son. This new body is just so foreign.
pinkmystic pinkmystic 8 years
High School and beyond!! Being petite makes me feel awkward.
xoxoxx xoxoxx 8 years
My entire life is an awkward phase.
Red315 Red315 8 years
Ugh elementary school! My sister was the perfect blonde hair, blue eyed girl & I have red hair, freckles galore, and wanted to be nothing like her so I only had boy friends. Unfortunately my mother owns a clothing store so she dressed me in every girly dress or outfit she could find! I hated it! Then around fifth grade I thought I was artsy & got new "hip" glasses which made me look like an idiot! Thank goodness a friend accidentally smacked me square in the face in a hardcore game of tetherball. Yes, I had to walk around school with tape holding them together the rest of the day but soon after got my contacts! I think that was the end of that wretched phase.
lilwildone1202 lilwildone1202 8 years
between 13-15 i was in an awkward phase but i grew out of it :-)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Yes. Awkward was my middle name. I was especially awkward and confused as a teen. I was somewhat awkward in my 20's, adjusting to adulthood and being out of school the first time in my life. Now that I'm in my 30's, I'm finally comfortable in my own skin. It's been an interesting journey. :)
neonbee neonbee 8 years
I'm still living this stage. The last time I wasn't so awkward was when I was, what, 7. I'm so petite that most people fail to see that I exist.
myystque myystque 8 years
Definitely! I hated middle school--I felt like everyone made fun of me and as though I had no friends. High school was a little better, but even now, I have trouble keeping and making friends, especially with women. I still envy those girls/women who have a clique of their own, but I'm at least more sure of myself now.
lovelylei lovelylei 8 years
my whole life is awkward.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
I'm with you, Twinkle! Growing up was never bad, but I'm going through my awkward phase now and I'm turning 21 in a month and graduating from college this spring. I have THE WORST acne, crooked glasses, frizzy hair, and I'm a bit too chubby for my own good. Whoever said your awkward phase is early on in life is a LIAR!!! :(
Megatron Megatron 8 years
Oh yeah! Pretty much late elementary, all of jr. high and the majority of high school.I had glasses and braces and was a really chunky kid.
Jeny Jeny 8 years
Yes I definitely went through a weird phase. I was artsy and filled in my eyebrows with a redish pencil lol and my face broke out all over the place. My hair was long and stringy and I had no idea who I was. This went on from about 7th to 9th grade
looseseal looseseal 8 years
Hee, javsmav. I've never been cool and I'm probably never going to be cool. All I can do is be a little more at peace with that fact as time goes on.
bellydancinmary bellydancinmary 8 years
I was awkward until I turned 20.
designergirl designergirl 8 years
Middle school was by far the worst. Acne, glasses, slightly chubby- it was just bad. Not that high school was much better with eating disorders, etc... Of course, I'm still socially awkward, but I'm a lot prettier now.
stumbler02 stumbler02 8 years
I was awkward until the fall I started college. It was horrible growing up that way. I didn't develop any self confidence or social skills in my adolescence and really suffered for it. I think family has a lot to do with it, because you really can mitigate physical awkwardness. Some families are more likely to promote athletic involvement. Participating in sports makes you less physically awkward. And an understanding family helps a teen with basic appearance issues (like acne, glasses, braces at a reasonable age). My family was mom never let me go outside because of my complexion, so I had terrible physical confidence and never learned to be athletic. She wanted me to get braces at age 17. She didn't help me shave my legs until I was in 11th grade. So I was horribly awkward and hated the way I looked and felt. It was the worst when special occasions came by and people acted shocked at how I wasn't actually ugly. Adolescence is a cruel time...
havok636 havok636 8 years
ugh, i was the fat quiet weird kid until 11th grade. it was really bad in middle school, but in high school people started seeing how funny i was... needless to say, i didn't date
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
The kid in the picture might as well be me! I found some old school pictures the other day and I can't believe how awful I used to look! My awkward phase ended at about... age 22? :) It was terrible before then! No style, no fashion sense... nothing! Terrible... I'm still pretty socially awkward though. Some things never change!
AnnaMaria816 AnnaMaria816 8 years
I know I did. I honestly didn't look very good from age 8-19 and was kind of shy in school. But I was very sociable, blunt and funny in my personal life so I always had friends. I developed talent in music and theatre. I also did a lot of volunteer service as well. I'm thankful that I wasn't a beautiful child or teen because it helped me focus more on developing my personality and talents. On the downside, being teased for my appearance caused me to think of myself as ugly.For example, when I was around 16-17 years old I was picked on by a guy in my drama classes often. He constantly cracked jokes about my gangly frame, sharp teeth, low voice, ect. People laughed along so I began to think of myself as a walking joke. It took a year of counseling to help me develop a healthier body image.
roseate roseate 8 years
Early middle school. I wanted glasses because my older sister had them, and I looked terrible in the pair I picked out.
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