A note on bullying…

I’m breaking away from the usual topics today just to discuss an age old yet major issue that still pollutes our societies today. Bullying.
I would recommend that you watch the video above by fellow blogger/vlogger Shirley before reading.
I came across Shirley’s video this evening and the various issues regarding bullying and hating really touched me and got me a little emotional. It is hard (especially for us girls) to talk about bullying because we feel as if we should not let others’ carry our burdens, but bullying is still a major issue and as Shirley notes, more and more people are taking their lives over incidents that could have been avoided had they spoken up about it.

However suicide is not the only consequence of bullying. There is also the internal/emotional damage caused by bullying, whether physical, cyber or through hurtful words and this is what makes me so angry because NO ONE should ever be made to feel as if they are not good enough.

When I was in Secondary school, I was bullied from year 7 (7th grade) to year 11 (11th grade) without fail and it was terrible. I was only picked on by the boys and I was beat up a lot which left me with several broken bones over the years and there were more serious occurences where I had acid thrown on me in Science which burned into my neck and I was pushed from a balcony which resulted in 2 of my vertabrae being broken. I became clinically depressed and self harmed for a while and this was all because I did not tell anybody. I could not speak to a councillor, the teachers or my parents because I did not want them to worry about me. As a result of the bullying, to this day I still suffer from low/no self esteem and virtually no confidence, but I try and take it one day at a time.

This is by no means a “woe is me” story. Stories like Shirley’s and mine should be shared to encourouge others to talk about what they are currently going though. If you have younger relatives, please please please let them know that you are and will always be there to talk to them if anything is wrong and most of all, never let anyone make you feel less worthy or less beautiful than everyone else. If we all looked and weighed the same, the world would be a pretty boring place right?

Bask in your uniqueness!

Stephanie xxx

P.S. I’d love to hear you guys’ thoughts/stories on this subject!

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