“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” (Robert Frost or Harvey Fierstein, I’m not too sure and neither is the internet.)
Over the weekend I had a dream. In the dream there was a little girl, I would say between 8 and 10. She was walking and she was carrying something heavy. All of a sudden around the corner a group of boys came on their bicycles and started yelling and throwing things at the girl. Up until this point I was viewing this dream from the outside, watching it unfold and happen. Then something quite magical happened. I stepped out from behind the curtain I was watching and stood in front of the little girl and told the boys to back off. I really wish I remembered exactly what I said, because I know it was something good. I felt it. I felt instantly happy all over, light as a feather and I woke up feeling the exact same way.
The same goes for our own lives. So often we fall into society’s standards, family traditions, or something similar. While it works for some, for others it goes against every fiber of their being. It takes a lot of courage to stand up for yourself and for your beliefs and your life, but it is so rewarding and so worth it. Don’t be bullied into doing or thinking something that does not ring true for you. If it doesn’t feel right, listen to that feeling. We may not always know what’s going to happen next, but if you can trust your heart and your gut and follow that path, your reality will far surpass your wildest dreams.
There are those billboards around “If you see something, say something”. How often do we really speak up? How often to we stand up for something that is unjust? As Ghandi said, be the change that you wish to see in the world. I’m not saying that you have to stand in the middle of a fist fight and try to break it up, but maybe you can get help. Let the person, who is always bullied in class, know that you care and that they are not alone. All it takes is one smile, one out-stretched hand to turn someone’s world right-side up. Help to be the light that causes a chain-reaction of love. It truly will make so much difference in the lives of those around you. Are you up for the challenge? To extend love instead of hate?
P.S. Have a story that you want to share about how you stood up to a bully or how you took the reins of your life back? If you feel comfortable sharing, please post in the comment section below!