Whether it be physical, social, verbal, or online, bullying exists. And at some point in our lives, we will all experience the effect of being bullied. Although schools extensively implore that bullying will not be tolerated, it continues under the radar. Bullies of all ages exist and are teaching our youth that kindness does not always win. Our government is a prime example of bullying. No matter where we go, the bullies will follow.
Being a person who has experienced bullying first hand, I can relate to many of whom have felt the emotional pain and distress that others have caused.
Luckily, I was a tough child who tried to not let the words hurt me. But I was foolish to believe that they would not hurt.
Years and years later, I still feel those emotional scars.
My question now is, do my bullies remember the harm they caused me? Do they remember the hurtful things they said to me?
With everything that is going on in our country and the uprising of feminism, I can only hope that they have changed their views and outlooks on the way they treat others. I also hope parents are teaching their kids to have more of an inclusive look at the world around them, and that they too are learning from their past mistakes.
No one deserves to feel unloved or unwanted by their peers. But it happens and it has to stop.
Over the past several months, people have been revealing their stories of sexual harassment and assault through the media, and I feel that it is also time to speak out with stories of bullying.
The future generations are being hit with the #MeToo movement head on and they are helping us make these necessary changes. They are capable of making history. But what if, people spoke up about bullying more? They could easily begin to make our world and country better.
All it takes is one person to speak the truth.