Robert Frost said, “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”
I saw myself as a victim most of elementary school and middle school. Hell, I saw myself as a victim my freshmen year of high school.
I’m not going to lie, I am a sensitive person. I was a sensitive kid and, unfortunately for me, kids are mean. I remember being teased in elementary school because of my height, my age, even my intelligence (or lack thereof). Looking back, all of these are things that I am now okay with. I take pride in these things, especially my intelligence.
The older I got, the more the teasing changed. I was—rather, I am—a weird person. And I love it. But I haven’t always been okay with it… In middle school, I would wear my Hogwarts robe to school and pretend not to care what people thought. I would pretend not to hear classmates whisper about my hair, my clothes, my personality, my nose……
Sure, my self confidence isn’t always 100%… but whose is?
I will never stop being teased. And in a weird way, that’s okay. Because I’ve learned that I don’t need other people to like me to be okay with myself. Sure it helps, but I have friends that love me because I’m weird, nerdy, and quirky.
So keep weirding on my fellow nerds… and remember: bullies are just mean kids with self esteem issues. Not letting them rule your life is the best way to shut them down.