Here’s What Being Bullied Taught Me

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Although being bullied is no fun and can be damaging to the psyche, there are many lessons that can be learned from it. Here’s what it taught me.

1. The evils humans are capable of and their predatory nature. People can be the evilest and the cruelest of all living things. Not everyone is inherently good. Being bullied taught me to be on the lookout for those who would secretly wish to harm my loved ones or me. It taught me to watch for enemies disguised as friends and to pay close attention to body language, expressions, and any micro flashes. And it taught me exactly what signs in other people to watch for.

2. Empathy and Compassion. Being bullied taught me empathy and compassion for others. Because I know first hand what it is and how it feels to be a target of bullies, I make it a point to extend kindness, especially to people whom others have unjustly marginalized and misjudged. I believe in spreading the same goodness and dignity to the janitor as I would the CEO.

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3. To never take anyone for granted. Because I know what it is to be rejected by everyone and to be left alone to fend for myself, I have nothing but appreciation for the people in my life and all the good they bring. I make it a point never to take my family and friends for granted, and I will fight to protect them if they’re being mistreated or are in trouble. I value loyalty, and I extend it to the people who matter to me. If you are a person I love and you tell me a secret, you can bet that your secret will be safe with me. And if anyone trash talks you, I’ll defend you even when you aren’t around to see it.

4. To value, love, and take care of myself. Because, let’s face it. No one else will. It’s so important to put yourself first. No matter what anyone thinks or says, be true to yourself. Be yourself. And don’t let bullies distort your self-esteem or tell you “it isn’t cool” if there’s something you really enjoy doing. Take care of yourself. Stand up for yourself. Do what fulfills you and makes you happy. And forget the rest. Confidence and self-love are the most important things you can have.

5. To go after my goals and dreams. If there’s anything I want in life, I go after it. I work hard for what I want because I’ve gotten enough of what I don’t. Being bullied gave me the tenacity to reach my goals and dreams. And I’ve made several accomplishments- accomplishments I probably never would’ve made had I not been a target of bullying. Bullies only fuel my motivation to reach more successes and live a happy life. So, instead of holding grudges against your bullies, use them as your drive to reach heights you never thought possible! Because happiness and success are the best revenge you can ever take.

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6. To never be afraid to say “no” or set boundaries. I learned the hard way that if you don’t say no nor set boundaries, people will walk all over you. And sometimes, even if you do, there will be those who will double down and challenge those boundaries. But you must stay firm no matter what. You might be retaliated against for it, but at least you’ll feel better later, in knowing that you stood up for yourself. And as the old saying goes, “I’d rather die on my feet than to live on my knees.”

Finding the lessons in bullying will make you a happier person later on. It did me!

0 thoughts on “Here’s What Being Bullied Taught Me

  1. rebecca s revels says:

    Very valid and important points for all to remember. Some are difficult to get hold of and control, after years of being bullied that love yourself takes work, but as progress is made the results are well worth the effort.

  2. Kym Gordon Moore says:

    The lessons you learned empowered you girlfriend. It made you better not bitter. You used the negativity thrust at you to turn it into something powerfully positive. Now you’re encouraging others who faced the same types of challenges to overcome them by turning them around for their benefit and survival. 👏🏼🤗🙏🏼

    • cheriewhite says:

      Thank you, sweetie. Although these lessons are something I often wish I’d learned earlier in life, I’m at least thankful that God opened my eyes and I was able to learn them because with the knowledge, life has gotten so much easier and freer. The sad thing is that many never learn them and many never gain the confidence they deserve and have a right to have. I’m hoping to bring down those statistics. And more importantly, I wish to bring down the suicide rate among bullied children, teens, and adults. Your encouragement is like rocket fuel to my soul, girl! You just don’t know how much I appreciate you. 😊🤗❤💜💙🌹🌷🌻

      • Kym Gordon Moore says:

        Cherie you are a darling. You are a true encourager yourself. 🙏🏼 The suicide rate is alarming and the sad thing is no one realizes how much these victims suffer in silence, thus leading to ending their life, thinking they wouldn’t matter anyway if they are gone. 😥

        I do hope we can change this. Our society is so self-absorbed sometimes until it’s nauseating. People right under your roof are dealing with some serious issues and they see the only way out is self-inflicted pain. I pray people will be more compassionate, understanding, and just watch and listen. I appreciate you and your mission too Cherie! Don’t stop! 🛑 You’ve come to far to turn back now. 👏🏼🥰💐🙏🏼🤗

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