I was bullied as a kid. It almost ruined my adult life.

For almost two decades, I considered the abuse something everyone goes through. But all I was doing was running from the pain.

Emotional scars.
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Birthdays mean different things to different people. As I gear up to celebrate my 38th year on planet Earth, I find myself in a reflective mood.

The professional blessings I have received over the last several years have been amazing: the opportunity to finish college and go on to graduate school, to be published, to present my national security ideas in the media and to millions of people on TV, and to lecture at colleges and universities all over the world. Through hard work and a pinch of luck, I have been afforded opportunities I never dreamed possible.

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