“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.”
Just last week a young boy, Jamey Rodemeyer, who was only fourteen years old, committed suicide. He had been taunted and bullied for years because he wasn’t sure of his sexuality and he was different and he just couldn’t take it anymore. He was a huge fan of Lady Gaga, whose main mission through her music is to promote acceptance and being proud of who you are and the differences that you may bring to the table in any circumstance. There is no acceptable reason for someone, or a group of people to single certain individuals out because of who they are and because they don’t fit the general mold that society sets for any one person. There is a reason why God created us all to be different and not to be copies of everyone around us.
We live in a world where appearances are everything and where being different is not rewarded but rather ridiculed and condemned. People whose lifestyles are not the same as others are treated like they are diseased. Those that are unique and creative are made to feel as if there is something wrong with them because their mind thinks differently than the average person’s. Simply put if people do not know what to make of you, then you are too different for them to accept.
Bullying is a nationwide issue. It’s not just happening in one city or even just one state. People are literally killing themselves to get away from those that are bullying them. It should never come to that. Fourteen and fifteen year old children should not feel that they have no other way to escape the judgment of others just because they are their own person and don’t strive to be a carbon copy of everyone else around them.
When someone writes an eloquent book that touches people’s hearts and souls, maybe even one that causes them to make particular changes in their lives, then the words are powerful and meaningful. However, when someone uses their words to pick at and ridicule someone and goes to the extent of bullying them, then all of a sudden people’s excuse is ‘their just words, they don’t mean anything’. So which one is it? Words are powerful or words don’t mean anything? Well coming from someone who knows all too well what it feels like to be bullied, words do mean something. They hold the same amount of power for the negative as they would for the positive, perhaps even more so.
Words can hurt. No matter how many people think that what they say shouldn’t greatly affect someone else’s life, chances are, they do. Sometimes what a person says can shape the rest of someone else’s life. Perhaps those individuals out there that feel the need to condemn someone else for being themselves should take a much harder look inside. Who is it that you are trying to be? Until next time…Be who are, it’s the way that God intended you to be!
“I’m beautiful in my way, ’cause God makes no mistakes. I’m on the right track, baby. I was Born This Way.”
The Diary: Succession of Lies (Now Available)
Writing as “Jaycee Durant”