When I was a teenager, I was painfully shy (extremely shy).
I loved reading books, and I had a vivid imagination (had a creative and colorful imagination).
My best friend had a more outgoing personality (she liked to be friendly and sociable) and a good sense of humor (ability to make other people laugh).
Unfortunately she was also brutally honest, and sometimes her comments hurt my feelings (made me sad, upset, or angry).
Although I was fiercely loyal to her, she showed her true colors (revealed her true personality) when she played a prank (did a trick) that humiliated me in front of the class.
I bore a grudge (continued feeling angry) against her for years afterwards.
Now that I look back on it, I can see that she had low selfesteem (she considered herself inferior) and a bit of a mean streak (a “streak” is a tiny bit of someone’s personality).
I’ve come out of my shell (become less shy) since those days; I have a thicker skin (I’m less sensitive to criticism) and it doesn’t bother me when people speak their minds (say exactly what they think, without considering the effects of the words on others).
My biggest flaw is that I have a tendency to be arrogant – some say I have a superiority complex (consider myself superior to others).
My resolution for the New Year is to make a more concerted effort to put others first (consider the needs of other people more important than my own).
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