I decided to do this blog post because really ... I had to..
I should note ... this blog post is about bullying....
The first time I was bullied was on the playground in elementary school and while I can't remember most of what happened, the dad truth is that it was expected as a child. Now more than ever kids are encouraged to stand up and say something when they are being bullied and I wish we had these messages and campaigns back then...
Now as an adult, I don't expect to bullied but yes it still happens. Yes I am very emotional but still, we need to stand up against bullying.
My first account now as an adult was when I first started my business. It came from a known source and while I was so excited about starting my business, this person really put me down.. so much that I almost gave up... I hadn't started my business yet.. and I was already about thinking of giving up...
The second account was when I was cyber bullied. Someone harassing me online and on my website.. once again I felt like I wanted to give up. Its insane how some stranger could make me feel so low so much that I would of just dropped my camera and given up on my dreams... I am really glad I didn't...
Just this past Tuesday night I was bullied. I was harassed face to face. I shut down when this happened partly because I didn't think that someone could be so cruel. I was at work and a woman came in asking about something.. I kindly answered her question and when she didn't like the answer she blew up at me. Im talking like crazy blew up. She called me stupid and told me that I had no idea what i was doing. She asked me to stop asking stupid questions and to stop talking. I should of stood up and told her to not talk to me that way.. my body froze and I just sat there and let her talk to me that way. Once she left, I broke down and cried ... how could I let this happen? How could I let someone talk to me that way.. to make me feel so small? I was shocked that this stranger thought she has the right to bully me.
The sad case is, this happens to so many people every day. I was glad that I could go straight social media. That i could go straight to my "empathy" shirt by Accept Me- a movement that is against bullying. I put on my shirt and I did a mini shoot. I spoke to Kim Radons the founder of Accept me and she told me to shout from the roof tops! I decided to shout in my backyard and to be proud that I am against bullying. You are not alone! There are people and places that you can go to for support. To that lady and to all those people who have hurt me.. I will continue to pray for you <3 and yes. I will have empathy.
Photo cred: Andrew Matos