At times I feel intelligence is my only asset. When my intelligence is belittled or insulted my self worth deteriorates completely. In school I was always accused of not living up to my potential. I could always do better, try harder. I could have been valedictorian. I could have excelled. I knew it, even if other students didn't see me as competition I knew I could think circles around them.
I never felt I was pretty. I never had any particular skills or talents. I am not exactly athletic as I lack the proper coordination. I'm not particularly special in any way, except I'm intelligent. Any one who gets to know me realizes this, however the first impression that I give others is generally quite the opposite.
I am intelligent. I know I am. That is my only asset. Don't take that away from me.