A Stand Against Bullying

A Stand Against Bullying

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Something we can all agree on is that this seems like a never-ending, worldwide issue that needs to be resolved and brought to light. Bullying is an act— it is a cover up for those who are unhappy with their own lives and it seems as if it is impossible to stop the unfortunate minds behind it.

Bullies have small, simple minds and they think they are in control when they truly are not; sadly, they know no other way to deal with their problems than to bring people down with them. The root of the problem? The parents, the adults in their lives, and most importantly the people they idolize. To the ones parenting the accomplices of this monstrous and nauseating act, who truly have no clue what parenting a child means but are instead more familiar with the meaning of “checking out” on their child, it's time you get your act together. This problem begins with YOU, the ones who have the most important job in teaching their child right from wrong, ethics and morals, and to refrain from contributing to the problems in our society. There are what seem to be endless stories on the news about bullying and the people who took their lives because of it.

To the ones being tormented, you are the better person. As tough as it is, you must stand up against this issue and show that these bullies won’t get what they want out of you. They will try so hard to intimidate you, but you yourself has to be the one that can’t be intimidated. It is disgusting that people could come to terms with themselves knowing they are mentally, sometimes physically destroying somebody else, but that is the irony of it— these bullies are not coming to terms with themselves, and this is why they do this. They’re unhappy with themselves, their lives, and they envy the people they torture. But what do they get out of it? NOTHING. At the end of the day, they go back to the same problems that eat away at them and they waste nothing but time trying to ruin somebody else instead of trying to piece themselves back together.

The truth about this subject is that no matter what you try to do to stop it, nothing ever seems to work. Seeing someone you love being so affected by bullying causes such a heartache that you cannot even bear, and knowing those horrible, underachieving, hopeless people we all call bullies don’t care hurts even more. Aggression towards this issue will do nothing but give the bullies satisfaction, so instead it is important to approach this issue in a way that will destroy them... and I say destroy them because they will accomplish nothing knowing the victim is paying no mind to their immature act. It is sad to see in 2017 that there are still people existing in this society who would push you to the ground and walk without hesitation, leaving you to fend for yourself alone.

Bullies are the people who help no one but themselves, and those are the people who will go nowhere in life; getting satisfaction out of seeing others fail or get hurt will not bring you any higher. To the victims and families dealing with this situation, it is hard, but dealing with it in a different light will make things much better. Continue to be the better person and keep fighting to put this everlasting issue to rest. Stand up against the bullies and just know all you will gain from it, and everything they will lose (if losing even more for them is possible). There is no way to ever understand what goes on inside their twisted minds, so just know that they envy you and wish to be you, and use that to rise above.

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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If You Want To Die Tonight, Please Read This

I want you to live. More importantly, I want you to want to live.

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If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

Drowning.

Drowning.

Drowning.

Drowning.

The thoughts are deafening, screaming at you that the world would be better off without you and that no one would care if you were gone.

So, you find yourself on the Internet, searching for ways to die in a relatively painless way that will leave the least amount of mess for others. You find yourself thinking about the bridge a half mile from your house or the assortment of pills lining the walls of your medicine cabinet. You remember that your roommates will not be home from class for a few hours; that you are totally alone.

And then, in your Internet search for ways to finally escape the pain, you happen upon this article.

Yes, this one right here.

This one telling you to stay.

And, well, you find yourself still reading along because a piece of you, even if it is the smallest piece of your existence, wants a reason to live.

* * *

I am not sure what is causing you pain, and maybe you honestly are not sure either. All you know is that you have this pain — this never-ending pain — and it's become enough.

Society tells us that we need to tattoo a smile onto our faces and pretend that everything is OK even when we are aching on the inside. If you take one thing away from this article, I want you to remember this — it is OK not to be OK. It is OK if you are not OK today or tomorrow or next week or a year from now. However, one day, it will be a little better and there will be a little bit of sunshine peeking out through the clouds.

I want you to live. More importantly, I want you to want to live.

And, sometimes, wanting to live is about just noticing the little things that make you happy and remembering them.

Like the way the sun looks glistening off of the lake by your house at 5:47 p.m. on a Thursday evening.

Or the way the scent of your coffee creeps up your nostrils while it cools to a drinkable temperature.

Or the fact that a new episode of your family's favorite show is coming on this Thursday.

Or the way your Lush bath bomb colors your water into beautiful shades of blue and green and yellow and pink.

Or the dinner your Mom cooked for tonight to share with you, your Dad, and your sister.

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Life may not turn out how you plan, but perhaps that is not a bad thing.

God has a plan for you.

Why the plan involves you feeling this way, I do not know, but I do know that God did not bring you into this world to suffer.

You deserve help.

You deserve love.

You deserve to be supported.

Even if you feel alone, I promise you are never alone.

You can text "Hello" to 741-741 at any hour of the day and someone will be there to support you.

* * *

So, tonight while you want to die, please just think about the last time you smiled so hard that your face physically hurt or laughed until you almost peed. Just think about a time that you felt something besides what you are feeling now and hold onto it.

Hold onto it, lie down, and go to sleep.

And wake up tomorrow knowing that you are a survivor.

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