In Part 1 of my open letter to my former bullies, I listed the many ways in which I’m different from them, and all for the better. Let me tell you how years of perspective revealed those truths for me .
The beauty of getting older? Realizing that I never needed approval or validation from any of you—you only brainwashed me into believing I did. I see now that not all of you are guilty of bullying, and that some of you are no longer the same mean-spirited punks you were in school. This article, then, doesn’t apply to everyone in this class.
The people I’m addressing: You know who you are.
I no longer care what any of you think or say. Nor do I respond any more to threats of retaliation should I dare to speak out. Why? Because I see it all now for what it truly is—a load of empty threats and childish rhetoric.
Go ahead. Read this, and if you see yourself, get your feelings hurt. Hate all you want, Threaten, lie, gossip. Spin my words any way you like. Get mad, get glad…do whatever moves you. But you will never silence me. I will continue to stand by everything I’ve written in my own truth.
Anything you say against me or against anything I’ve written is only a weak and pathetic attempt for you to save face.
Anyone outside of our old class and outside our old high school knows I’m a great person with a good heart and good head on my shoulders.
Every person is a roller-coaster or personal of highs and lows. We all have stops and starts, ups and downs, positives and negatives. We’re so much more than our negatives. I was never crazy, and I’m sure you knew it the whole time but never admitted it. Did I have my crazy moments? Absolutely.
And I don’t have to tell you who I have to thank for them.
I now see that you only used me to make yourselves feel good, to appear to others to be better than you really were. You camouflaged your shortcomings by pointing out the flaws you made up about me…You hid behind me.
Which is OK because that’s where you belonged—behind me.
Today, I use you and the way you treated me to fuel to my success and help those who suffer the same horrific treatment and pain you heaped on me years ago!
Sorry if it brings to light the things you don’t like about yourself.
Actually, not sorry!
Cherie White, both a writer and author, joined the team after being discovered by Brian through her own personal blog and through social media. She has been writing ever since she was ten years old and has a love for writing articles, short stories and novels. She became intrigued with the new Pyngby app because it helps victims pinpoint victims and their harassers for easy protection and litigation if need be. Because she experienced severe bullying from sixth grade until changing schools during her last year of high school, she has a passion for spreading bullying awareness and helping those who are bullied and abused today. Her goal is to bring down the suicide rate among bullied children, teens and young adults. Her debut novel, “From Victim to Victor” is available now at LuLu. Cherie looks forward to helping victims through Watchdog Creative.
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