Time takes care of a lot.
I had a dreadful childhood. We moved constantly. I was always the new kid, and almost always ridiculed and disliked. Not hated. No. No one cared enough to hate me.
I grew up dreadfully shy. I knew I was smart and talented, but I couldn't show it in any way. I think I expected people to realize it without me risking pain or embarrassment.
But a weird thing happened. One day I realized that if everyone was going to dislike me anyway, then %#^ them. I was going to lead my life as I liked. And I would lead it with the kindness and compassion tht none of them were smart enough, or evolved enough, to display.
I was never afraid to walk into a room again. I start conversations with strangers with no problem at all. What's the worst they can do? Not like me? That's their problem, not mine.
And something even weirder happened. I started to get promotions at work. People started asking me out to lunch.
Turns out that somehow, I guess, all those years of ridicule had made me buy into the bad assessments about me. And I had somehow come to act with no confidence at all.
With my new confidence, most people believed it was true.
This has been, now, over 30 years of no problems. so I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT. don't accept bad assessments of yourself. You know you have potential.
And then, please be good enough to pass along this knowledge to other young people who are suffering.