Breathe by Salem Bidwell

I looked around the room, terrified. Everything was too loud, and the kid next to me was tapping her foot which was driving me crazy. My hands started shaking, I couldn’t write anymore. It felt like my throat was closing up. I was breathing too quickly and the room was spinning. I wanted to stand up to tell the teacher, but I was scared I would be judged. So, I sat there suffering… realizing that this generation’s problem, and definitely mine as well, was a lack of self-confidence.






Salem Bidwell is a 13-year-old eighth grader from Texas. She is the youngest of five siblings, and her interests include writing, reading, running, and music. Her plan for the future is to become the very best…

Salem Bidwell
… is a contributing guest author for Germ, which means the following criteria (and then some) have been met: possessor of a fresh, original voice; creator of fresh, original content; genius storyteller; superlative speller; fantastic dancer; expert joke teller; handy with a toolbox; brilliant at parties; loves us as much as we love them.



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