Friday, February 27, 2015
NEDA Week 2015 - Bullying
Back in high school, I had very few friends. Ok, I had like 4 friends at school, the rest of my friends were through unrelated extra-curriculars.
That made for a rather lonely lunch time. One that often found me eating in the corner of a stairwell I knew wasn't that busy during lunch. Or hiding in the back corner of the library, cause I knew I wouldn't be found. If I was lucky, I was able to eat in a classroom. But after freshman year, nearly all of my lunches were eaten solo.
And really, when I think about it, after freshman year, all of my lunches sucked, too. They were about as good for you as eating a case of Hershey bars.
I ate french fries, hostess cupcakes, and Hawaiian punch nearly every single day from sophomore year through graduation.
I do know that those who isolate often are hiding or covering something up. I wished many times during those days that someone would come up to me and befriend me, or offer to help me get support. I mean, in my mind, everyone else was living this awesome, family-friendly life, while I was hiding in my own skin.
Speak up. Reach out. You never know the impact you'll make.....