A super quick little thing because today my dad told me about a neighbor with a daughter who is currently going through a rough time dealing with bullies and abuse at school, all because of the things she likes.
I hate that this happens. It happens everywhere, and it’s heartbreaking and disgusting and so frustrating. I hate knowing that even with all of the change and progress I’ve seen since I was a 12 year old being bullied for being a nerdy, awkward girl, that this STILL HAPPENS and it SHOULDN’T.
It took me years and years for me to get anywhere near comfortable with myself, but as I grew older, the more I realized that as long as I was happy with my choices and my interests and the way I looked, it didn’t matter what anyone else wanted from me. I got better friends and it was so much easier to ignore the haters.
Because I know it’s hard, it’s SO HARD when you’re in middle school or high school or any point in your life, really, to be okay with yourself sometimes, but it’s SO important.
And please, remember, there is always going to be someone out there who thinks you’re rad and awesome and knows you’re going to do great things. I hope that person is yourself, but hey, don’t forget I’ve got your back too.
You’ve got this, you can do this, stay strong and kick some butt, okay?
Because I think a lot about what I would say to 12 year old me, who would regularly cry herself to sleep because she was weird, and I just wish she had someone that could have just said “hey, it’s okay, things sort of suck right now, but hang tight, because things get so much better”.
Saw a cute girl with my dream neck tattoo last saturday