Everyone has different opinions, and over time, I’ve learned to take what people say with a grain of salt. For me, it’s all about blocking out the negative, focusing only on people who make a positive contribution to my life, and moving forward to better things. It’s important not to give bullies the platform or power to affect us; they don’t control your life - you’re in charge!
Of course, sometimes it is easier said than done. When that’s not working, acknowledge it is a problem and get some help. Use resources such as Youthline, Samaritans, The Lowdown and others to work through those feelings and the hurt the situation has inflicted. I cannot stress it enough, don’t suffer alone.
More than anything, remember you are loved, valued and cherished always.
Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora! Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!