Good morning everyone! I am writing this while out and about on vacation but this is such an important subject that I couldn't pass up the opportunity. After all, bullying has become a very major crisis in our world today. Believe me, I have seen it firsthand and I know how it feels. And with October being the National Bullying Prevention Month, the third, yes today, has been nominated as blue shirt day. I would encourage everyone to wear a blue shirt to stand with those who are opting to stomp out bullying!
As a teenager, I was not very sure of myself. Even now there are days where I still struggle with self confidence. I was very thin, gangly and yes, I wore eyeglasses. And not the nice ones they have available nowadays. These were big rims and since my eyes are so bad, they had thick lenses. Lets just say I wasn't the greatest at rocking them :) So I had my share of the looks and the comments. It is one of those things you learn to deal with and hope you grow out of. Today I am not as hard on myself and I try to see myself as being comfortable with who I am. I get it though, sometimes it just isn't easy to do at all.
For those around us, bullying can come in many forms. It could be the classmate in school who pushes and shoves, or it could be the sibling or relative who constantly talks down or calls names. It might be right in front of us and many times we won't even catch it. Or it could be blatantly obvious and we have the option to either stand out against the crowd to stop the bullying, or choose to just follow the others. There is also another possibility that many would say is the easier one, but I don't see it as a choice at all. That would be to just be quiet and go your way, not stepping in or raising our voice to be heard. It is time we stand up and come to the defense of those who are being bullied. We should also be checking ourselves and making sure we aren't harassing others in any way. I know how easy it is to put others down to make ourselves look good. Instead step beside that person and help stomp out bullying!
Elizabeth Olson BLUE SHIRT DAY® WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION™ 2016 from STOMP Out Bullying on Vimeo.
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