Sunday, October 10, 2010
It Gets Better
In response to a recent string of teen suicides as a result of bullying, sex advice columnist Dan Savage started the YouTube channel "It Gets Better." I've been very moved by these videos. I know I've probably had it easy. I'm straight. I'm white. I've never been overweight. But I was a victim of bullying from early elementary until high school. It's still painful for me to go into specifics, but it was very hard for me to go to school. I had to stop going to the restroom during school because there was a group of girls that would wait for me there and give me a hard time. Students would say hateful things to me during class, but if I told a teacher about it, it would just make it worse. There were a few girls who I thought were my friends, but in middle school, for whatever reason, probably because they were middle school girls, they turned on me. I have a very loving family and it is because of them that I was able to get through these years. It wasn't until eighth grade that I was able to make friends I trusted. High school was much easier because it was a large school and I was in honors and AP classes so I never had to see most of the kids who were cruelest to me. In college, I had a fresh start and it just kept getting better from there. Now I'm probably happier and more confident than I've ever been. It really does get better.