Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Waiting to Get Better

I wanted to talk about something I think a lot of teens wonder. Many of you have probably heard of the It Gets Better project, where people are able to upload videos encouraging gay youth who are being bullied to hang in there. My daughter and I are both supporters of this project, and spent June 9 at Boston Pride handing out stickers to inform people about the project.

When you're a teenager in the middle of being bullied, though, even with encouraging videos it can be hard to believe it really will get better. You spend all day every day being called names, or pushed around, or insulted. There are days when you don't want to get out of bed, never mind going to school, but you feel like you have no choice. Your parents may not understand--or even know--what you're going through, and the school doesn't do anything about it when you report it.

For someone going through all that, there might not seem to be a way out. And even if they know it might get better with time, it feels like a LONG time away.

Bullying does end, just like high school does. It takes time, and there might be difficult points along the way. But it really will get better if you can just hold on.

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