I grew up in a time when being bullied was the typical thing for kids like me. We were extremely poor, lived in a trailer court and were generally a bedraggled group of kids. I grew up in the corner looking in at the kids and their new Fruit Roll-ups in their bagged lunches, their Cable T.V. when Simpson’s first aired and listened to their stories to each other about where they went on their vacations. I had reduced lunches, which was like a huge red sign on your forehead. We didn’t have cable until I was 12 years old and I wouldn’t understand what a vacation was until my parents split and I went to see my father in the summer on the coast.
I don’t want to recount the horrors I went through during the years I was bullied by kids ignorant of the long lasting impression they were making on people like me. I spent a large part of my life depressed, alone and never realizing I had any beauty in myself. I went down a bad path, as many of us that are bullied do and am lucky I found my way out because some kids don’t.
It was really hard on me during the years my son had been bullied. Part of me wanted to scream at the unfairness of the world because I felt I had already sacrificed enough for him to have the freedom to live equally among his peers. He was bullied from the time he was in Kindergarten until his last year of middle school when he finally had real friends and was safe to be himself. I had fought with everyone from the school system to parents and unfortunately the stance was always, “Kids are Kids”.
But now change is happening all over the world. The parents, the children, the friends, family, neighbors, peers, communities, nations are rising up and saying ‘No’ and I want to be a part of that! We are fighting back with positive change for our children and future generations and that is why I became a part of this campaign with TakePart.
Who is TakePart? You may know their parent company, Participant Media, which produces socially relevant films like An Inconvenient Truth, The Help, Lincoln and Waiting for Superman. All of these have helped inspire action with issues that we all face daily. TakePart aims to push forward topics that impact our children, which is why I felt it was important to be a part of this and why I think you should also be a part.
Please take a moment and pledge your support to TakePart’s stance against bullying. Just as words can hurt others, so can your words heal.
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This post is sponsored by TakePart. The opinions and story however, are mine and are not influenced by any form of compensation.