Bullying has been in the news a great deal the past year, and even the past two decades since the first big school shooting at Columbine. This past year, there have been even many viral videos of kids talking about being bullied along with suicides and acts of violence associated with online or homophobic bullying. Bullying can result in a lot of health problems in the world, which is why I'm talking about it on this site. I HATE bullying, but it is a part of life and something you deal with in school, the workplace, from your family, and society in general. This is a very difficult but very real topic to discuss with a lot of factors that come into play. There are a lot of different opinions and experiences on the subject matter, I'm just going to discuss some of my thoughts and experiences.
But here's the way I see it: Not all these childhood bullies are to blame. Some of it is due to youthful ignorance, which we all have displayed. A lot of it has to do with their anger and trying to find an outlet due to bullying or abuse from others in their lives. Those people may have been abused or bullied by others and responded in turn. Or the kids (or adults) just have extremely low self-esteem or insecurities themselves and make the wrong choice of taking it out on others, or knocking someone else down to feel better about themselves. Bullying goes on all around us from abused individuals, people crying out for help, fallout from random unfortunate events, miscommunication, and even good intentions.
I don't know what can be done to reduce bullying, and I honestly don't think it can ever be completely eliminated. I certainly don't advocate that pumping iron is the only way or the proper way to thwart bullies, that is just the reality of what I did in my life. I think one of the only things that can really be done to improve any situation is to try and reverse the trend by starting a positive cycle. Do something nice or above and beyond for someone else, and they will pay it forward. That will create something positive for their children, their children may act more respectful to others in school, kids are bullied less, and they don't grow up to be pissed off and hurt others in turn. It's not going to be that straightforward or easy but maybe that can help. Try to empathize with others and think twice before committing an action that can hurt somebody.
|Start a Positive Cycle to Help Stop Bullying and Abuse|
Michael J. Schiemer B.S. CPT
Owner of FRUGAL FITNESS Worldwide Wellness & Elite CheapskateOwner & Personal Trainer of RESULTS Private Fitness Boston, MA
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