Friday, August 19, 2011

Bullying: What to do

I never thought I would like rants, especially vlog rants. But it turns out, it can be quite amusing too. Here's a vlog which I absolutely love. It's by Blair Fowler, you might have heard of her. She's also known as juicystar07. In this video, she talks about issues that are personal to her, but she was brave enough to share it. I was really inspired by her talk, especially the part where she's doing something she loves even if other people are hating on her, but she keeps doing it because of the people she makes happy with her videos. It makes you wake up and ask, what am I doing with my life?

Listening to her story is not only inspiring, it also teaches you how to deal with bullies, haters, and down-right mean people. When you're young and you feel scared, you don't always know how to deal with these people. It's not like in the movies or the TV at all. The following are tid-bit tips I got from her story by reading between the lines:
  • Let people with authority (those who can do something about it) know about your problem, like a well-trusted teacher. When you tell a school personal, it doesn't mean you'll be a telling tom or that it'll just end up in the principal's office with each other's parents. When Blair told two of her teachers, they helped protect her from the bullies. If you don't know who to talk to, the guidance counselor is a good place to start.
  • Let your family know, they're a big support. When you can't lean on your friends, know that your family is always there for you. 
  • Have extra-curricular activities. Blair's job and YouTubing gave her something to be happy about and also friends who accepts her as herself. Making videos helped her a lot in dealing with all the bad vibes she gets from school.
  • Do something you love and enjoy and don't stop to please anyone. If you don't have a hobby your passionate with, try something new! Don't let your fear stop you. Try skating or take some music lessons. Getting a pet would be a good idea too.
  • Stay classy. Don't go down to their level. I know its hard, but turn the other cheek. Always be nice and sweet even to those who doesn't deserve it. This is a true test of character. 
This kind of reminds me of reality shows like America's Next Top Model. There would be this girl who seems like she's ahead of the pack because she takes good pictures. The other girls would then see her as competition and try to bring her down. Only when this top girl let others get to her did her performance suffer. Once she let others bruise her confidence, so did her shine. Keep smiling. Keep your head up.Don't let others dictate who you are. At the end of the day, your perception of yourself is what determines who you are and how others see you.

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