Bullying. Some people may not see this as an obsession, but think about it. How many times have there been school shootings caused by a kid who was bullied? How many organizations are there that are committed to ending bullying? Think about how many kids’ cries for help are ignored. Please watch this video, and then continue on reading.
I remember as a fifth grader, we had to write down what we wanted to be when we grew up, and it was put in the yearbook under our pictures. Someone was reading the yearbook, saw my dream, and started laughing. They thought I was insane for dreaming and that I would never amount to anything. That hurt. To have my dream be seen as stupid, or ridiculous, that hurt.
Everyone has been bullied at one time or another in their life. That rhyme, sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me, is WRONG. Words can always hurt, sometimes even more so than actual wounds. As computers, the internet, and social networks are taking over, so is bullying. Physical bullying has become psychological bullying. This bullying is more painful for many people because these bullying cowards can hide behind the internet while spilling out their hatred. There are hundreds of videos on Youtube of people telling their stories by writing things on cards, by using no words. All of those kids have been hurt, broken, but why? For being different? For loving who they are?
With school shootings occurring more and more, when will it end? When will people get the message? People are always arguing that guns are the problem, which may be somewhat true, but is the real problem bullying? Think about the Columbine shooting. What drove those two kids to hurt people: bullying. They were outcasted from society, bullied until they broke.
What is the real point of bullying? Is there some kind of fun or happiness in knowing that someone is hurt? Is there enjoyment in others pain? In any case, it is WRONG. Society has taught us to mind our own business and not interfere with others. The British saying from World War II says that we are supposed to: Keep calm and carry on. No, we cannot keep carrying on with our lives as so many people are continually hurt and broken. Look where carrying on has gotten us: gun violence, gangs, and depression. We need to take action because everyone deserves a chance at happiness.
I’m not here to say bulling will end, because honestly, as long as there is power, hatred, and greed in the world, there will never be an end to bullying. There will always be mean people who want to crush dreams, but there is always hope. There are people out there who are good and true in their hearts. Trust me. They are out there, waiting with open arms.
Resilience: the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity. This is what all of those who have been bullied need. They need to rise from the ashes like a phoenix, be that flower that grows up from the road. Find strength, because everyone has it within them. Elizabeth Edwards said, “Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”