Today I met a 12 years old kid
He told me that he was being bullied at school.
I asked: why don’t you put a stop to it?
Boy said: they are going to hit me
I said: Punch them! The worse thing that can happen to you is to have a bruised eye
I said: If you don’t stand up to them now, you will always regret it.
Boy said: huh?
I said: You don’t allow anyone to push you around; if you allow it now it will never stop
Boy said: Got it!
I said: Tomorrow, if they push you, you push them harder.
I said: If they make fun of you, you push them harder
I said: They are going to hit you. Don’t worry
I said: They will get tired and will stop bullying you.
I said: You will have earned their respect.
Boy said: hmm
I said: Tomorrow you push; and push hard.
He said (in an undertone): OK
I said: Stand up to anybody that is taking advantage of you or affecting your life. Never be bullied into silence; stand up for what you believe!
Who I am today as a person is largely due to my failures!