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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Real Talk > BULLYING


I recently came across a post on a blog of a really good friend of mine and immediately I read it, I knew I had to share. J. from BeJustWhoYouAre was kind enough to let me share (thanks J. ;)).
 Though it's a subject we all know about, I believe we have grown to  banalize it, in every sense of the word. Whether it be in kindergarten, in the bus or at work, bullying is not to be accepted.

HI YOU, 
i feel like this is the right moment to do this. Today I’m gonna talk about my experience with bullying. 
First, let me tell you that it was probably the worst time of my life but at the end of the day, it makes you stronger.
I was 13 and i was fat (let’s use real words). Some guys in school used to make fun of me during PE. In the beginning, i didn’t take it too seriously but PE was really hard for me and with all those bad comments and laughs, it was even harder. I used to cry every monday (yep, monday and PE totally sucked haha). I told my mum i didn’t wanted to go to the gym because i was fat and i was unable to do the same things as the other boys. She forced me to go to school.( today i think it was a good decision, Thanks Mum) I even asked her to call my doctor to ask him for a certificate to skip PE classes for the entire year. Of course, she didn’t call my doctor, but she called my PE teacher. (I was terrified) My teacher did something really cool but really scary at the same time. He talked to me and he said : « boy, you can’t skip classes, I’m gonna talk to the boys and everything will be fine ». ->13 years old, bullied and your teacher is gonna talk to the boys that bully you, do really need to say that I WAS FREAKING OUT!
He just said a few words to them but it was enough. He explained how i was feeling and that if any of them made fun of me again, he wouldn’t get a good grade for PE. they were nicer after that, but the time spent in school was not that cool. I had almost no friends and i felt so bad in my own skin.
Today, I smile thinking about it because even if it was hard, it helped me to become the man I am today. I lost a lot of weight and it gave me self confidence and today I feel totally fine in my own skin. 
If i shared this personal story with you, is just because I wish i had read something like this when I was 13. It was 8 years ago but I still keep it with me, every day and it helps me to go through everything. It motived me on my weight loss (-30kg) and today i feel totally fine talking about it. If you are bullied, please tell someone, your friends, your family or someone you can rely on. You don’t have to be ashamed! I know it’s hard but one day, everything will be better. 
Be strong, be you and don’t change for anyone. 
xx
J-

2 comments:

  1. Wow, kids can be mean. I don't know if it's always intentional, but yeah. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. @Berry Dakara: You're right Berry! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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