How can I get rid of bad memories?

Originally appeared online in the teen series Q&A -  January 25, 2022.

Middle school was starting, and my family had just moved to a new city. It was hard to leave my best friend and begin seventh grade at a large school where I didn’t know anybody. So I was really glad to make friends with another girl who was new to our school. Her name was Cindy, and we quickly became best friends. We also made friends with a group of nice girls. Those friendships made seventh grade a great year.

Eighth grade was a completely different story. With no explanation, Cindy decided she didn’t want to be friends with me or our friend group anymore. And she was kind of mean about it. It was really hurtful—and awkward, too, because we sat together in a couple of classes and shared the same carpool. I was trapped in ex-friend-land with Cindy for a whole year.

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