I don’t know if there are any young people following this blog who are being bullied —
Whether it is because of how you look, who you like, your taste in music, hobbies, or anything (like embarrassing a bully who was picking on your friend and ticking him off like I did).
I want you to know that I know the pain of being bullied. I was horribly bullied by my entire grade in junior high. People I had known since I was in first grade or earlier. I felt like I had no one. It was awful.
I’m not going to tell you that I grew up and everything became easy and perfect for me, because life isn’t just like the movies.
However, I have developed tight friendships with people who would put themselves in harms way for me if it meant protecting me. People with just a look know how I feel and seem to have the perfect response. People who I call immediately when bad things happen — who celebrate the smallest bits of excitement that I have.
But, I know that alone feeling. I know that feeling of, “I just have to make it through this year and leave these jerks behind forever. ” I know the feeling of “not sure I can handle it anymore.”
I wish I had told my parents sooner. It would have been much better for me.
But I didn’t. I thought it would make it worse.
So, if you’re out there — I hope you have parents as wonderful as mine who would do anything for you. And I hope you tell them. But if you don’t tell them, if they aren’t people who would understand — I want you to know that I am here for you. This Tumblr community is here for you.
There is so much in the future. So much better than this. I don’t want you to miss it.