Now we all know that people can be cruel, especially if you’re different. It can be in any kind of way, but people can be cruel, you can end up feeling alienated, hurt, belittled and anxious. Bullying is not just something that happens as a child, it can also happen as an adult. No one deserves to be bullied, it should never happen in the first place, it is a cruel and awful thing that can have serious consequences for the person who is being bullied. I decided to write a letter to my bullies.
To The People Who Bullied Me,
In the last 10 years, I’ve walked past you a handful of times, the last time was just last week. You don’t remember me, you clearly didn’t recognise me when you walked past me in the supermarket, and you probably don’t remember what you said or did back then. The comments that you thought were so funny at the time, that you didn’t think would hurt. It’s not like you could see the emotional scars from when you told me I was too fat, or I was ugly, or stupid, or I would never amount to anything.
I was always so scared to walk into school, or I’d try to avoid going certain places, knowing that you would be there. Going through the corridors hoping that I wouldn’t bump into you, it would be utterly terrifying.
Being told those comments hurt, I mean they really hurt, and it was awful, it made me feel so low, so small and so insignificant that it felt like it I didn’t even matter.
I wonder how you would have felt if you had a chance to live in my shoes, if you had a chance to feel what I felt when you made those awful comments, would you have felt the same? Would you have reacted like I didn’t? I never reacted to you, I never made a comment, I tried to ignore you in the hopes that it would stop, nevertheless it didn’t. It continued, and it hurt like hell. I was so lucky to have some of the greatest friends though primary and secondary school, they built me up, put me back together and reminded me that I am worth so much more.
I have grown up I have learned to love my body more and more. The size of your body doesn’t define you, not only that regardless of the number on your jeans, you’re absolutely beautiful inside and out. You are a beautiful person and no words can change that, their words are poisonous and vile, you’re stronger than that. The people who belittle you, make you feel like rubbish, these are the people you don’t need in your life.
I am not that person I was when I was younger, the insecure and hurt person that I was. I’m stronger than ever.
I wish you nothing but the best in your life, your words hurt, think before you speak, and if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Words hurt. You won’t see the damage physically but it is there, I promise you.
I am incredible and I will never let anyone make me a victim of bullying again.
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