You Don’t Have to Smile. You Don’t Have to Feel Happy.

You can just be.

Jessica Wildfire
6 min readMay 16, 2023

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There’s one thing a teenage girl can always count on, and it’s some rando telling them to smile. It happened to me all the time. One guy was fond of saying, “You look like a lost little kitten.”

Every day, I looked forward to going home and listening to sad music. Americans have names for that. They describe it as…

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