The greatest advice I was ever given was that those who continued to judge and bully me for my differences did a wonderful job of showing me who my true friends were. People who were able to celebrate my differences, and accept me for who I am were worth my time, far more than those who didn’t.
I believe this is true for many people. Of course, there is a place for taking time for those who apologise and change their ways – it’s important to recognise that people can change. It is just as important to value yourself, and those who also value you.
Andy and The Odd Socks wrote and performed the song ‘UNIQUE’, to show us ways to embrace our differences, and recognise how great is it to be unique!
In June 2017, the TV channel CBeebies released a video titled ‘Everyone’s Welcome’. This video was run alongside the channel’s campaign to celebrate tolerance, cultural richness, inclusiveness and kindness. Although it shows young children, it is an excellent example for people of all ages of how we can see a difference, without judging others.
The restaurant Burger King released a video this year to tackle the issue of bullying. It not only shows the things that some young people have been through but also proposes a different way to look at bullying. Burger King is a chain many people the world over can recognise, so campaigns from them on an issue that affects so many people will hopefully be effective in the fight against bullying.
Bullying can happen to anyone at any time, and although it can feel at times like you are the only one going through it, you’re not, and there is support out there to help you! Even some people who are now famously successful once experienced bullying. It can help to remember that things can get better and that you’re not alone.
Remember, no one has the right to bully you. Stand up, speak out, and embrace the fact that we are All Different and All Equal!