Girls can be incredibly cruel, especially around the age of middle and high school. I’ve dealt with my share of bullies, as everyone does at some point in their life. It used to really get to me. I used to listen to all the things they said, and no matter how hard I tried to block it all out, the words began to sink in. I started believing what these girls were saying about me, and believing that it was my fault. That something was wrong with me. That I was the reason. I was absolutely miserable during this period. One day I realized that hating myself was no way to go through life, because when it comes down to it you are the only constant person you’ll always have throughout your life. I didn’t even know what to think of myself at this point; the harsh and untrue things I always heard about myself had confused me to the point where I didn’t even know who I was. Slowly I began to feel like myself again. I blocked out the bullies and ignored what they were saying. They were nothing but mean girls that were insecure with themselves, so they felt the need to make other people feel bad in a desperate attempt to feel better about themselves. I wasn’t going to give them what they wanted; my misery. I focused on my own life; my family, my friends, school, sports. These are the things that really matter. If you let bullies get to you and accept what they say as truth, it can ruin your life. None of what they say is true. You are beautiful and you deserve the right to be happy. If you can ignore what bullies say and remind yourself what you already know; that you are a wonderful person with goals and a future that does not include them, then you’re set for an amazing life full of opportunity. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel differently.
– Hayley H.