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Why You May Regret Skipping Prom

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How clichéd is prom really? Because you always hear that it is. People will say that it's not a big deal, that it's just some dumb flashy dance, that it's not really the best day of your life. But those are always the people that got to go. Whenever I complain that I didn't get to go to my prom, people always tell me that I didn't miss much. But I did. I missed getting to find out what it is exactly that I missed.

I moved from Texas to Alabama when I was 10 years old. My mom wanted to be near her mom again. She grew up here, and she had a bad experience in middle school. She didn't want to put my sister and me through that, so she homeschooled us for those years. My sister started high school a year before I did and went to my mom's alma mater. I tried the same thing, but since I was used to the small halls of an elementary school, high school caused me to panic. And that panic flared up illnesses in me within three short weeks.

It's kind of a long story, but I was in and out of hospitals, testing and such for three months. We went to see a rheumatologist, and in five minutes, I had a diagnosis. I have a severe lack of cartilage, otherwise known as Hypermobility Syndrome. I couldn't go back to public school because of it. I had to receive my GED in 2009.

So I missed high school. I missed the "best four years of my life." Even worse, I missed my prom, and I've regretted it ever since (even though it wasn't my fault).

I see high school kids talking about prom all the time on social media. I click through pictures of girls in their prom dresses left and right. And I get painful pangs in my stomach every time. Prom may not be the best night of your life, but I will never get to know that because I will never get mine.

So my advice to you is that if you get the chance to go to prom, please don't miss out. You may think it's dumb and clichéd, but you'll never know if you'll regret it later.

Go out and get that prom ticket. Spend all of your parents' money on a fancy dress. Even if you don't have a date, rent a limo and invite all your girlfriends to ride along. You don't need arm candy to have the best prom of your life.
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