There has been a lot in the news about kids being bullied. There have been so many kids who have tragically taken their life because of bullies, and I am glad to see such a push in the media to bring awareness to a horrible thing.
Today I am taking a stand against bullies. I am standing up for every person who has felt like a freak, who has felt ugly, who has felt different. I grew up being the fattest person in every school, camp, job, class that I was a part of. I have been called names by strangers, classmates and even family members. I have cried myself to sleep on more nights than I ever want to remember because of bullies. I thought my life was not as important because of bullies.
Today I’m standing up against each person who laughed as I passed them in the hall, each person who left horrible notes on my locker, each person who told me I was not good enough, that I was a freak or that I did not belong.
I’m standing up against not just the bullies through school, but the adult life bullies. The bullies who stare or laugh. The bullies who told me I was not good enough for my husband because I was fat. I had a bully on my wedding day, a day that was supposed to be about me feeling my most beautiful, but I let a bully take that day away from me because of something they said about my size and about being with my husband. What was supposed to be the happiest day of my life, I allowed a bully to steal away from me.
For so long I let these people determine my self worth. I have stayed away from them, I have been scared of them, I have pretended not to care, I’ve made jokes, I’ve tried to brush it off, I’ve stood still and not stood up to them.
Today I’m standing up to bullies. The ones who post rude comments to peoples walls, who tweet nasty notes, who intend to harm others with their words, who say hurtful things, who attempt to knock others down because of their own issues.
I will not allow another bully to hurt me. Every word said, every laugh, every stare does has not determined who or what I am. I determine who and what I am.
Today I’m standing up to bullies. Because every day I have fought feeling like a loser, feeling like I don’t belong and feeling like I don’t deserve any better. No more. I refuse to let the hurtful actions of others determine how I go about my life today.
I am a beautiful person, worthy of love, worthy of acceptance, worthy of respect. I will allow no one to take that away from me.
Do not allow bullies to take away who you are. For too long I have allowed the actions of others to take away who I am. For so long I said nothing, did nothing and let these bullies have the last word. Today I’m taking a stand, and I will now get the last word… BULLIES SUCK. STOP BULLYING!