Dealing with Bullies

A few weeks ago I heard a story about someone who had been bullied. By bullied I mean other people had made this person’s life so difficult that they did not want to be around anymore.

It made me think back to all those years ago when I was bullied. I was always a bit different. I was the kid who was caught day dreaming, who would wear the most outrageous clothing, who would sometimes say things she shouldn’t and then have to back track because I did.

Recently I was at a gig and someone I used to know turned up and looked down her nose at me. The mean girl at school was now the mean mum. I smiled and waved and walked off knowing I had a beautiful life.

It’s funny, all those years ago I would have just fallen in a heap, cry myself to sleep and wonder why I didn’t fit in with all the other kids. I wanted to have blonde hair, fair skin and not have an accent.

Now, many years later, I stand my ground. I stand tall, love my curves, enjoy my honesty and look forward to having people come at me. I love my olive complexion.

What people need to realize is that a bully can only bully you if you let them. Don’t let them break you. Stand up, stand strong.

There are so many videos on social media showing kids bullying, hitting and belittling. Both my kids know that if anything happens, I have zero tolerance. When my son was hit in school at age 5, I sat outside the Principal’s office until it was dealt with. When my daughter had issues all through school, I stood by her and with her.

I will never understand the cruelty that goes on. All I can say is that I was lucky to come out at the other end. Believe in yourself and all you have to bring to this world. Know that you are resilient. Always ask for help and never, ever let anyone make you feel like you are not good enough.

Namaste loves, til next time.

Laurainne Marshall (AKA Lo) lives in Sydney, Australia with her 2 kids, Hayley and Jamie, and her soul mate of over 30 years, Graham. Their furbaby is a beautiful Groodle  named Jarrah.
Laurainne has many roles - Wife, Mother, Teacher and Musician. She believes that life is to be lived at full throttle and is deeply spiritual. Her motto is “Grab life and run.” She also believes one person can make a difference in this world and hopes that by sharing her life experiences, she might inspire a few people along the way.
When she is not teaching through the week, you can find Lo belting out 80s hits in her band Soundproofed. You can follow the band on Facebook.

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