By Gavriella Berger
Very few people in this world get on my nerves. But there’s one person who I’ve never personally met, but just the thought of him makes me cringe. They call him Everybody.
I’ve never actually seen Everybody before. I know he exists, because people constantly talk about him. Everybody has the latest toys, gadgets, and clothes. He knows the latest gossip. He has the best advice, and is one of the smartest people in the world. But there’s one thing I know for sure-he’s way too good for me. My parents tell me that he always says please and thank you, eats nicely, and keeps his room clean all the time, as opposed to me, whose floor may not be so visible. My teacher tells me that he always does his homework, is on time for school, and crosses his T’s, as opposed to me, who may come late to school sometimes and forgets to cross her
T’s. So what if Everybody does it? What’s so amazing about him? Why should I do everything that Everybody does? I’ve never even met him!
Everybody has the best parents in the world. They always let him have sleepovers, eat lots of candy for dinner, and do what he wants, when he wants. My parents say that they’re not like Everybody’s parents, so they don’t let us have sleepovers every night or have lots of candy for dinner. We’re stuck with eating bustle sprouts. Yuck. My parents must like Everybody a whole lot, because they always compare me to him. When I repeat what I hear from all my friends and tell them that he gets to stay out really late, they answer me with “if Everybody would jump off a building would you do it too?” Now why would I do something as foolish as that!? Just because Everybody jumps off a building, why would my parents think that I would do it too? It’s not like he’s my role model or anything. Again, I’ve never even met him.
Here’s what creeps me out the most-Everybody also says that I look just like my mother. But I don’t think he’s ever seen me before, so how can he know for sure?
What makes him so great? How did he get so famous? And why does the whole world seem to know him except for me?
There is one thing that I would like to tell Everybody: Stop trying to be the best. Stop trying to do the most daredevil acts, focus on the bling and trying to impress. Be yourself, because that’s what’s going to make people like you. People constantly talk about all of your amazing external qualities, but I’ve never heard about who you really are. It seems to me that you just need to start being the best person you can be, because I think that somewhere deep down there is a special, talented person inside. Until then, I guess I will just have to live with the whole world idolizing you and talking about you. I’m sure once you change I will know realize it right away, because after all, everyone will be talking about it.