Having just read Jonathan Andrews' most recent blog I was reminded how bullying affected my childhood life. I was told, at a very young age that I wasn't going to achieve much as an adult, as I had been in a car accident at a very young age.
In those days medicine wasn't as advanced as it is today, so prognosis was not good and all through my childhood I was reminded that I would not be able to have a proper career and so therefore there was no encouragement for me to do well at school, although later in life I found I had the ability, but by then it was too late to pursue it.
As we get older we can either fight those demons or give in to them.
Bullying is a persons' way of trying to get street cred by targeting an individual and hoping at they would gain followers, and gaining a reputation.
These bullies don't realise how it can affect the recipients later on in life. It leads to insecurity, lack of confidence and inability to stand up to what you believe in.
There is a need for bullies to be brought to task. Saying this, it just doesn't happen in the playground it happens in work-life and homelife, where individuals are undermined and their confidence is somewhat diminished.
Bullying happens in some cases, subtly, therefore putting doubts in the recipients minds.
We all have our weaknesses, but in order to get on with our lives we need the confidence to pursue our dreams, especially those who face challenges every day, it is important for them to be part of the community, by contributing whatever way they can.
Families are an integral part in giving the child the confidence to reach for their ideal goals in life.
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