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Middle School Non-Fiction 2nd Place

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Middle School - Essay/Non-Fiction
Second Place
Scars
By Tina Lin

Did you know: the average person gets about 9672 minor injuries in a lifetime? This includes bruises, sprains, and scratches. Many of people have probably been scolded by their parents for not being careful as these minor injuries can sometimes leave unsightly scars. Maybe you’ve even been given the cold shoulder by someone because of them. Scars are not the best things on your skin, but they can be a special token. Scars can be a reminder of your experience or something to talk about while you tell your life story.

Scars are your body’s way of repairing itself. Scar tissue replaces normal skin after a wound has healed. It has the same substance as regular skin but it looks different because of the way the cells are arranged. Having a scar can serve as a distasteful reminder of your past experiences. There is no way to entirely get rid of a scar other than avoiding skin injury, but you can minimize its appearance. For example: covering the wound with a bandage, cleaning the wound properly, or even surgery. Are having scars really that bad though?

“Learn from your mistakes.” Everyone has heard that phrase at least once in their lives. Injuries are just some minor mistakes and scars could be there to remind you not to make the same mistake twice. For example: riding down a steep hill with a sharp turn. These scars will probably remind you to wear protective gear next time you ride your bike. Although a scar can make some people think you’re clumsy or crude, they can serve as an interesting conversation starter.

Scars can be an alluring topic. Bringing them up in a conversation might make it more amusing. In Train’s song, “Bruises” it goes, “These bruises/ Makes for better conversation”. If you saw a person with a scar, you’ll probably wonder how they got it or what happened to them. For example, in Fun’s song “We Are Young”: “My seat’s been taken by some sunglasses/ Asking ‘bout a scar” telling the listener that “sunglasses” was probably curious about the scar. Having scars aren’t necessarily the best thing in the world, but once you get one, you can’t completely get rid it. Instead of complaining or feeling upset about it, why not make the best of it and use scars to your advantage?

Everyone wants to look their best, and scars aren’t really the best accessory. But you can’t really avoid getting them unless you never do anything. It doesn’t matter if it’s a scar from fighting in a war, having surgery, or just plain stupidity; there’s always a story behind a scar. They serve as a memento of what you have done, no matter good or bad, for the rest of your life. We shouldn’t complain about how scars ruin our appearance, but instead cherish them as they are a part of who we are. Scars are like pictures, they last longer than memories and you can use them to share your experiences with other people.

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