I realised that I should never have let my parents organise my birthday party, they had invited all of their friends but had not bothered to invite any of my friends. I was surrounded by people who I didn’t know, people who were strangers to me, and I felt completely alone. I wanted to cry but I held back my tears, not wanting to draw attention to myself.
The party continued on, with everyone laughing and enjoying themselves, but I just felt more and more isolated. I tried to make conversation with some of the guests, but they were too busy talking amongst themselves to notice me. I was completely invisible to them.
My parents were oblivious to my sadness, too busy entertaining their guests to pay any attention to me. I felt like I didn’t even exist, like I was just a ghost in the room. I wanted to leave, but I was too embarrassed to make a scene, so I stayed put in the corner, feeling more and more invisible by the minute.
When the party finally ended, I was relieved to be able to escape the awkwardness. I had been so excited for my birthday party, but it had turned out to be a complete disaster. I realised then that I should never have let my parents organise my birthday party, and I vowed to never let them do it again.