Dealing with Bullying as an Adult
So I posted this on my Instagram, but I kind of want to go into more detail here on my blog.
A few nights ago, a video surfaced of former friends insinuating violence against me, while a group of people cheered them on. I won’t go into that any further, as it is currently being dealt with by the proper authorities. The video was saved, and is being investigated.
It honestly does not surprise me. I’ve been bullied by these people for two years, and it honestly amuses me at this point due to how blatantly childish they’re being about it. I didn’t even deal with this in high school, but it’s kind of at the same level, despite the fact that these people are pushing thirty.
But how do we deal with bullying as an adult? We know that it happens as children and teens, but it can happen beyond that. In college, in the workplace, in clubs and groups. To quote Heathers the Musical, “high school may not ever end”.
First and foremost, I know that all I can do is be kind. While the first reaction is primitive and reminds me of my father, all I can do is sit back and let these people learn for themselves. They’ve clearly hit rock bottom in their lives, and all I can do is pray that they find peace.
I can continue being me. I can be positive, and happy, and living my best life. I remind myself that I have worked so hard to control my illness and create a life for myself that is lucrative financially, socially, and emotionally.
What I remind myself is that this is not a reflection of my character, but their’s. I am not in the wrong, and all I can do is channel the anger and hurt that I feel into positive energy, and give back to the world with kindness.
I’m me, and there are absolutely no apologies for that.