Can I be brutally honest for a second? I’ve written, and re-written, and re-written this, my first blog post, about five times. Wrestling (as my mind does oh so well) with the idea of posting about a topic that is (too)close to me. So I fought myself about it; because as dear as it is to me, it also almost destroyed me.
I also battled with the idea of talking about it because I’ve seen the news headlines endlessly reporting about children and teens being bullied.
Bullying. As common (sadly) as the sun rising each morning. At the playground, in the school hallways, in the workplace. I’ve experienced it in (what I felt was) some unlikely places and can safely say that although the experience was soul-crushing, embarrassing and hurtful, all of it has strengthened me. No, no, it didn’t happen right away, in fact it took me years to find the good in those moments. I know what you’re thinking: “Seriously? What good?” I hope my video explains:
According to The Cyberbullying Research Center, “over 80% of teens use their phones regularly, making it the most popular form of technology and a common medium for cyber bullying” and “Mean, hurtful comments and spreading rumors are the most common type of cyber bullying.”
While in my day, bullies didn’t have the convenience of hiding behind a computer or iPhone screen to do their dirty work, being bullied was just as harmful because it often took the form of physical fights, and rumors spread.
The detrimental actions of the girls I faced everyday at school. The crushing words of the faceless behind a computer screen and ‘@username’. Different spark, same burning, painful flames that grow.
Hopefully, my video will help at least one person to, piece by piece, build the armor needed to live a beautiful life free of the crippling effects that bullying can have.
Drop me a line below and share what your experiences with have bullying taught you, and feel free to share this with a sister, cousin or friend that may need it.