I am 18 years old and currently a sophomore in college. I was verbally bullied beginning in 2nd grade and continuing until 9th grade.
7 years of cruel letters, endless jokes, pranks, nicknames, even petitions - yes, petitions - against my very existence.
But I'm not here for sympathy. I want every person reading this to hear me when I say, life gets BETTER. You will get out of that school, pass through those hallways, escape those classrooms, and move on with your life.
I wish I could say you'll forget, but that would be a lie. I haven't forgotten. Sure, the hundreds of days of ridicule all start to blend together after a while, but the pain they left is real, and I feel it at this very moment as I dredge up these memories. You won't forget, but you WILL reach a moment, maybe a year from now, maybe in college, maybe not until you have kids of your own, but you WILL reach a moment when you find a way to love yourself again.
Until then, I beg you. Don't fight this alone. YOU are beautiful. You are special and wonderful, and from the bottom of my heart I want you to know that I love you.
Life is not measured by the number of friends you have or how popular you are. All you need is the love of one person - yourself.
By writing some words below, you are showing your support and letting everyone know they're not alone.
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Ryan Knowles commented 2013-04-03 13:44:12 -0400Chelsea, Your words can not be truer and their importance for ANYONE who gets bullied will always remain relevant. One thing we have to teach our children is that these years are not the end all be all and that in fact we are the curators of our own futures!
Keep spreading this wonderful message. As someone who endured bullying, your legitimacy in this fight is second to none!! If you’re looking to help us spread the movement, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on volunteering!!
The Bully Project Team