This is BULLYING AWARENESS MONTH on The Y94 Morning Playhouse. We are asking members of The Playhouse Family that have dealt with bullying to share their story to let others know that it does get better.
Young or old, bullying is never ok. Share your story by emailing Zero at firstname.lastname@example.org
All names can be changed to protect the author's identity --
This is Riley's Story --
I think my issue's started mostly because I WANTED to be cool. I WANTED people to like me. I WANTED to conform. It was in my efforts to be popular and to be like everyone else that I allowed myself to put to much value in other people's opinions. To be bullied; you have to value what other people think and I wish that I had learned sooner that their opinions do NOT matter and that if they don't like you or your interests or what you look like -- that's THEIR problem. NOT. YOURS.
I let them call me names and I let it hurt me.
I let the words hurt me.
I allowed their mean and negative energy to infect my life.
Know who you are and be proud. Choose to be who you are and choose to not allow them to hurt you.
I was called every negative name you can imagine, I was pushed and shoved. Constantly tortured.
Now I'm 32 and have a great job and am happier than I ever could have imagined I could be. Stand up for people being bullied and if you are being bullied, stand tall and don't allow it to hurt you. You are better than that. And don't ever allow anyone to ever tell you different.
I went into a hospital one time because of what others did to me, it took me to long to speak up... don't make my mistake. If someone is hurting you emotionally or physically. Say something. And know what you are better than that. And always will be. It gets better.