Question: I'm a teenage girl who is very good in athletics, especially basketball. The other girls pick on me because they think I'm showing off. But I'm not. I'm just trying to do the best I can. This doesn't seem fair to me. Answer: Things sometimes do happen in a teen's life that may not seem fair. This is not necessarily bad, for it teaches us to deal with life maturely as it really is. But it is disheartening when others misinterpret our efforts to do our best. Sometimes people are jealous of those who excel. It might be wise, however, to examine anything that might cause the girls to think you are showing off. Could it be that you have unknowingly said things that make them feel you are putting them down? Maybe something you've said innocently has made them think this. When others feel inferior, they can be overly sensitive to an otherwise harmless remark.
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