I forget how I stumbled upon this blog hop. Probably Twitter, I find a lot of info there. Anyways, it started with a sad story. An author, who had just published her first book, had someone mock her accomplishment and start bullying her. I know, horrible. It was a reminder that bullying can and will continue outside of high school. It was also the start of the Spread <3, not Hate blog hop.
Bullying was never a big problem in my life, something I consider myself lucky. It did happen to me, as I imagine it does to everyone. Most were minor instances and the sting didn't last long. I remember a girl on the bus ride throwing something at me. People who I thought had been my friends taking an xboyfriend's side and mocking me with him. And the biggest instance was a rumor spread about me in seventh grade camp that I kissed another girl. I felt like everyone but my two best friends were against me. I know that wasn't the case now, but at the time, that's how I felt. I saw others bullied. Sadly, like most teens, I ducked my head and continued on my way. I knew bullying was wrong, but let's face it, high school is tough and teenagers can be cruel. I didn't want to draw attention to myself.
As an adult, I hope that if I see someone being bullied I will stand up for the person. I can be a bit timid, so I'm not sure how well my courage would hold up. Hopefully, it will, and I can stand up for a friend or even a stranger. Or myself if needed.