I hope you enjoy our Weekly Friday Posts, here’s the first of many:

I have a close friend who was having a bad week. She didn’t feel good about the way she looked and thought that no one could stand her. She kept reliving things from her past that had happened more than five years ago. Her sisters and cousins had said mean things to her, and some neighborhood kids had repeated the same mean names.

She felt that if all these people have the same opinion of her it must be true and that she needed to change something about herself. However, the things that she was called were untrue and I have no idea what would make anyone say such things. The problem is that she can’t let go of it because it was a recurring situation and she was personally attacked.

When I was a kid they said, “Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words will never hurt you”. That is so far from the truth, I was bullied a lot as a child and I have gotten over it for the most part. Now, I deal with things very differently than I would, had I not experienced those harsh words. Honestly, those words cut me like a knife; I would go home crying, feeling like the whole world hated me, and that I was all alone. Luckily, I like who I am now and I don’t care about what those kids and sometimes adults said to me back then.

Bullying has evolved so much that even going home doesn’t take you away. Home is supposed to be a safe place. Nowadays, a kid can get on a computer and use it for good, I love learning new things or listening to music, or use it for bad, anonymously bulling people, that’s pretty cowardly. You may think that if everyone else is doing it, it must be okay, or maybe it makes you feel better about yourself. But how would you handle it if you felt like nobody liked you and you couldn’t see your worth as a person because of it.

You are a worthy person, you deserve to live your life, and it is important to believe in who you are!

 

Happy Friday Everyone!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

-Karrlita F.