Stand Up Against Bullying- From Zero to Hero

Stand Up Against Bullying
Pink Shirt Day!

 

The Pink Shirt Day campaign recognizes the importance of unity, inclusivity, and diversity of all people. 

This Anti-bullying campaign students were asked to write a story or a pledge about the topic, and this story was the winner. Thank you, Cherry, for sharing your personal story.

“From Zero to Hero”
Believe it or not, but I was a victim of bullying from the ages of 11 to 15. I was targeted because of my skin color, life status, and ambitions. As a child full of plans and dreams, I found it incredibly difficult to persevere and stand up for what I wanted. I felt stuck, suffocated, and like my dreams were not valid at all. Every day, I had to deal with hurtful and shameful words. I started questioning myself: “Is it a sin to have big dreams? Is it a sin to be an ambitious person for the sake of the people you care about and love?” For all those years, I had to carry the burden of feeling caged… until I found an opportunity that changed my life forever.

I overcame the fear of unjust judgment and started joining clubs, competitions, sports, pageants, and various social activities. Bullying never left me, but I used it as motivation to continue with my life and pursue my dreams. The best thing about it was that it was all worth it because the more I heard negative comments or judgments, the more I used them in a positive way. They say it is your reaction to the situation that actually matters. We can’t please everyone to agree and accept us or the situations we are in. Protect yourself. Leave your comfort zone and distance yourself from those who aren’t good for you. We may not be able to avoid them, but what matters most is “YOU” and the way you drive yourself to the place where you want to be.

Your dreams are valid. It’s not a sin to be white, black, poor, or rich. Everyone deserves the same treatment and opportunity.

I am the cherry of today because of bullying…

Cherry May Regalado.-

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