A Stand Against Bullying

A Stand Against Bullying

Changing perspectives for a different approach.

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'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Depression Is A Balancing Act That Is And Isn't In Our Control

Managing depression can sometimes feel overwhelming.


*Warning: Before reading any further is that this article will be talking about heavy topics such as depression and suicide.*

Depression in this day and age is a very sticky topic to talk about. Yes, we are becoming more aware and accepting of the issue, but we still have a long ways to go in terms of really know how we can be there for people in a way that's most effective and where they don't feel judged because of it.

I have dealt with depression most of my life and especially going through college. It didn't become a big thing for me till I came to college, and then having to navigate my issue of it. Whether that's talking about it friends vaguely about it, bottling it all in, going for professional help, etc. It's one of the many reasons why I'm afraid of meeting someone new, or wanting to be in a relationship, I was afraid of the judgment and feeling that if I told someone they either might not want to do anything with me, say it's too much for them, etc.

Now some of those fears, in my opinion, were unjustified in a sense that yes even though it is important for people to be there for me in my time of need, I need to be conscious of how much I share and whether they can take that piece of me I shared. It's a balancing act that is hard to manage, but it allows me for a much-needed look into myself of what actually makes me happy, what doesn't, what triggers my depression and going out of my way to make sure I don't let it take control of me.

The depression took me to places, very dark places that I'm happy to have push through, with my depression it made my thoughts go into suicidal ideation, and even hurting myself, an act that I never thought I would ever do but thankfully I had people in my life that helped me overcome that and going to talk to a professional.

Depression is a mental health issue that most everyone struggles with regardless of where they're at in life, it can come like a tidal wave, or not at all. It's an internal struggle with ourselves, and we do our best trying to get through it. I know that I'm not alone in this, and if you're reading this you're not alone either.

Don't be afraid to talk about it, but be mindful of other people and how much you can share in order for them to be able to process it, go for professional help, exercise, hang out with friends. Don't let depression fully control your life, it won't go away but if we can manage it in a way that helps us be able to keep it under control then that's a win.

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

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