Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. – Norman Vincent Peale
I remember a time when I was in fourth grade and I stood up to a bully. The event took place on the school playground, which is the “breeding ground” for bullying to happen. A fellow peer of mine was started to pick on me, I guess I was in the mood to stand up for myself that day. I turned around and said “Bullies are nothing but cowards.” The kid was stunned with the fact that I said that to him. So stunned that he started to get mad, he asked me to repeat what I just said to him. So I repeated myself “Bullies are nothing but cowards.” I said it in a way that scared me because I was actually standing up for myself. I started to see the kids eye twitch and his fists started to ball up. I knew something was going to happen, something did happen. He ran towards me and started punching me, I tried to get a punch in when I could. A parapro eventually came and broke the fight up. The kid was suspended from school for a couple of days. Here`s the kicker, I was suspended for a day. I was told that I was being suspended only to make it fair to the other student that was involved. I guess that was one of the things that led to me being so defenseless of myself in the future. I thought that I did something wrong because I was being punished, and the message was a mixed message to send to a child who was standing up for himself. Looking back at it now, I realize that I am stronger because of it.
Goal: Stand up for yourself and others no matter the situation. Don’t just sit there and let it happen. Be the change. You will feel amazing for doing it, trust me.