“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”
This is a common saying used, which we are all familiar with. However as I’ve grown up, and experienced more, I’ve come to realise that this saying is far from true.
Words stick like super glue. The worst part of this is that the most horrible words thrown at you, stay with you for the rest of your life.
Calling someone ugly in school could lead to them thinking this their whole life up to adult hood, where they can change how they look with cosmetic surgery. You might not remember calling them that, but they now have scars from changing their face in order to please other people and themselves.
Calling somebody fat could lead them to decide to stop eating and start exercising all the time, in order to lose the weight. This could end up in anorexia or bulimia. You might not remember this comment, but they now have to suffer with mental health issues and battle against them, making sure they don’t slip back into bad habits, for the rest of their life.
Any form of bullying is 100% unnacceptable, whether it is verbal/physical/cyber.
Verbally bullying someone is just as bad as physically hurting them. Just because you cannot see the pain you’ve caused, doesn’t mean you haven’t caused any.
Next time you’re joking around with your friends/about someone else. Just remember to
- Think – will this hurt someone’s feelings
- – is this even funny
- – what will I gain from saying this
- – will this stick with someone for the rest of their life.
Don’t let peer pressure change you. Be yourself. Don’t bitch about others, that’s not you.
Think before you speak.