With this week’s theme, I have no doubt that you could have guessed today’s writing prompt: being bullied. Write about a time that you (or your character) were bullied (or the bully). How did you (or your character) handle it? If you could go back in time, would you do it differently? Was it a valuable experience, or a damaging one?
When I was in 10th grade, I had a boyfriend who I’d been with for about 6 months. He went on a band trip to Florida, and when he came back, seemed a little different, but I didn’t think much of it. I later found out from a mutual friend that he had been kissing and holding hands with another girl! Well, I was hurt and angry. I confronted him about it, and just ask that he not be friends with that other girl anymore. He agreed. She started spreading rumors that I wasn’t speaking to her and that I was being mean to her. We weren’t friends, and I had never spoken one word to her before… why would I speak to her afterward? When I found out about the rumors (which seem very silly from my adult viewpoint), I was hurt and angry all over again. Well, she and I got into a confrontation (I don’t remember who confronted who) with her telling me that she didn’t understand why he wanted me and not her, because, “All you have is a brain!”
Suddenly, all the silliness of the whole thing struck me, and I couldn’t help but laugh. From then on, my friends and I trashed her behind her back, and I wore a sign to school one day saying “All I have is a brain.” I’m honestly not sure if I ended up being bullied, the bully, or just a ridiculous girl in a ridiculous situation. In any case, I definitely learned from that situation that any situation can be what you make it.
There were other times when people tried bullying me, but I didn’t care enough about them to let it upset me, and it’s true what they say… they gave up when they found I wasn’t an easy target.