Bullying is nothing new. It has been happening for a long time. It's wrong and sad that people think it is okay to bully others. I don't know if they don't understand how much they are hurting people by doing it, or if they want to hurt them, but either way it makes me sick to see it happening both in real life and online. K.C. Neal and K.M Parr wanted to do a blog hop to spread the word about bullying and try to make people see that it's not okay. Both authors will be doing posts, along with a bunch of other bloggers who have joined up. The links to all of the participating blogs is at the end of this post.
I would like to start by saying that all of the online bullying through blogs, twitter, and goodreads etc. is absolutely sickening to me. Recently there has been so much of it going on and it's shameful. I will not say any names or specific instances, but there have been many. The bullying has been done on blog posts, and all over twitter for everyone to see. It's not just hurtful to the people who are being bullied either. It's hurtful to everyone. It's easy to say to just ignore it and not let it bother you, but you can't just turn off the hurt feelings.
When I was little I got picked on a lot. I was short, scrawny, I had frizzy hair, I didn't wear name brand clothes, I was good at math and reading so I was called a nerd, and other things too. I would go home from elementary school crying some days because I was being picked on. We lived in low income housing because my mother was a single mom trying to raise two girls herself. The horrible thing is that because I was picked on for where I lived, I was embarrassed, and never wanted to let friends come over or tell people where I lived if they didn't know. I shouldn't have been ashamed at all, but people made me feel like I should. We moved to a house in a different section of town when I was in 4th grade, and things got a little better. Once I got into middle school it wasn't as bad, and in high school not at all, but I still remembered how much it hurt. I always stood up for people who were being picked on and bullied. I don't have any personal story about a certain instance when I was bullied, or I helped someone who was. It was a lot of little things, but little or big it's still not okay.
When I see or hear of people bullying others, all I can think is, What's wrong with these people? Why would anyone want to say or do things to hurt others, especially when they don't know them at all? Does it make them feel good about themselves? Are they that insecure that they need to make others feel bad? I don't think I will ever know the answers to these questions. I could never imagine treating others like that. Everyone is entitled to think what they want, but people need to learn to keep their thoughts to themselves if it will hurt others. I hope that some of the bullies out there read these posts and realize what they are doing it wrong. I sincerely hope that if they knew how much what they are doing hurts people, that they wouldn't do it. Please just try to think about how you would feel if you were on the receiving end. There is no reason to ever make people feel bad. There is already enough hate in this world, we don't need to add to it. So please take the words of this blog hop to heart. SPREAD <3, NOT HATE!
Below are the links to the other stops on this blog hop. Please stop by to read their stories.