To all of you who bullied me back in school—
Sure, who didn’t make a lot of mistakes and poor choices in their youth? I did, just as you did.
The difference between me and you, however, is that I’m woman enough to admit my past BS and I don’t tuck my tail between my legs and run from it. Nor do I highlight the mistakes of others just to cover my own.
The difference between me and you is that instead of burying my past, I use it as my motivation to reach out to the victims today, the kids who are stuck in a toxic learning environment and forced to tolerate people like you.
The difference between me and you is that I no longer feel the need to put on a fake persona, to break my back to be someone I’m not. Because I’m secure in who I am now, because I’m fully aware of the good I bring to this world, the good I’m capable of. Because I know the successes I can enjoy and the positive impact I can make in the lives of others.
And unlike you, I give myself the freedom to be myself, no matter who may or may not like it.
The difference between me and you is that I succeed by the grace of God and by my own merit. I don’t rely on small-town politics, nepotism, and gossip and lies to get along in life.
The difference between me and you is that my life isn’t all about appearances or whom I can impress or now many friends I have or how well I can keep up with the Joneses.
The difference between me and you is that most of you would never have been able to survive had the shoe been on the other foot and you were the one being relentlessly bullied.
I did survive.
Better yet, through your despicable treatment of me, I became stronger and wiser. So you were right about one thing: I was—and still am—different from you.
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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