The Double-edged Disguise of Invisibility
Christiana Sung, Division 1, 4th grade #ws17e-s1d1

Invisibility has long been portrayed as a much-desired superpower, but I may be the first human being ever to master the art of invisibility. Most people will think I am crazy or just bluffing, but I am not. Extremely shy and quiet, I blend in effortlessly.

Even though people desire to be invisible for various reasons, I enjoy being invisible in my own special way. But this asset possesses a few drawbacks, including having less friends and less attention. I called myself the Invisible Girl in jest before realizing that the nickname was true. In my classes, I often felt depressed because nobody took any notice of me even when my hand was raised. Somehow there seemed to be an obscure and concealed wall in front of me and my teachers missed my presence. Sometimes I felt lonely when Mom was too busy to take care of me.

But as time passes, I give invisibility a new interpretation. It does not hurt me as much now. Instead, it gives me privileges. I can overhear what secrets that were not intended for my ears, thus increasing my knowledge. Spying on other people can also improve my skill of observation, which is important for being a good writer. It is now an easy thing for me to do since I am still not easily noticeable. I spied on my parents and overheard them talking about how great my homework was, giving me the invaluable gifts of confidence and determination.

Sometimes people do not even notice me standing beside them until I speak, and even then they jump as if they had seen a gruesome ghost. At school when everybody is talking to each other and leaving me out, I have the ability to brush off all outer chaos and establish inner peace.

This is how I am different from other children my age. Invisibility is indeed a double-edged sword, with privileges on one side and drawbacks on the other. Very few people have the privilege of being invisible. Others may feel uncomfortable with invisibility, but I do not. It has made me unique by teaching me how to appreciate being left out, silent or shy, and last but not least, overlooked.
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