You Bullied Me

Feeling so honored to have my poem “You Bullied Me” published on The Weird Poet’s Journal and FB page, in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month. I wrote this haiku to raise awareness on the importance of bullying prevention as a part of my Social Media and Journal Challenge #YOUBULLIEDME

To learn more about the challenge and to participate in daily prompts to help heal from bullying and raise awareness, visit my #YOUBULLIED me page HERE.

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YOU THOUGHT YOU BROKE ME.
YOU THOUGHT MY HEART WOULD NOT HEAL.
AND I FORGIVE YOU.


Title: You Bullied Me (A Haiku)
words by: Ta’lor Pinkston
Submitted to: The Weird Poet

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#YOUBULLIEDME Social Media & Journal Challenge (Part 2)

Advocating for anti-bullying is important to LADYHOOD journey. I believe that by sharing my story and by others doing the same, we can end bullying together. We have come so far in our journey toward healing, and we are just getting started tackling bullying prevention. 

#YOUBULLIEDME Days 1-15

In the last fifteen (15) days, we have answered some very tough questions and also focused on incorporating self-love techniques into our journey toward healing.

I feel so blessed to get to know and heal with all of you who are participating in this challenge. Some of the responses I have been given throughout days 1-15 are “this prompt was a trigger for me”, “I am loving this challenge”, “I don’t think I am going to share my  response on social media today. It’s a little too personal”, and “thank you for allowing me to share my story.” Whether you have made the commitment to only journal, post on social media, or both, with every word you write or personally share with others, you are helping to heal from your past and to prevent bullying.

It has not been easy, but talking about bullying never is. It makes us feel vulnerable and exposed, but overcoming this, creates a transparent weapon that help us defeat and defy those who bullied us.

#YOUBULLIEDME but you did not break me.”

Despite being the creator of this challenge, I struggled answering many questions as well. I made the committment to push myself, so despite the content of my reponses, I shared them on social media. I wanted to challenge myself to share my story and experiences with all of you, because I believe by sharing, others feel empowered to share as well. The more that share their experiences with bullying, I believe, that this can help end bullying.

“No matter my fears, they will not stop me from sharing my truth, and I am so glad I did.”

Lessons Learned

I have learned so much about myself and all of you with every prompt of this challenge. I believe that this experience is making me stronger and I feel more empowered everyday. By ignoring the impact that being bullied had on me, I was not allowing room to grow or forgive, it only hindered it. 

“Being silent for so many years gave my bullies power.”

I could not have imagined that I would have learned so many lessons, while completing each prompt, but I have. Here are some of the things that I have learned during days 1-15: 

  • I am capable of growth and enlightenment.
  • I am able to forgive my bully.
  • Bullying prevention matters.
  • Sharing my story empowers others to share their own. 
  • I have support in my tribe and in others who have been bullied. 
  • I am not weak for admitting that I was bullied, I am strong because of it.

“My healing increases when I share my story with others.”

The biggest lesson this challenge is teaching me is that we are in this together. Yes, we all have different stories, but through sharing experiences, we grow stronger, together.

What to Expect

The next sixteen days (16) will not be easy, but don’t give up. Don’t doubt the process. Writing in a journal is a strong self-love practice, and it also helps the healing process. I hope you all have grown from this challenge so far, and I am looking forward to the connections we will make in days to come.


Below are the prompts for Part 2 of the #YOUBULLIEDME Challenge, Days 16-31; please continue to journal and share on social media using the hashtag above. Also, make sure to tag me in your prompts responses.

You can follow me here: @Ladyhood journey, LLC (FB), @ladyhoodjourney (IG), @ladypinkspen (Twitter). All prompts will be posted daily on LADYHOOD journey’s social media accounts. 

“Share your truth. Share your story.”


Thank you all for healing with me. 

#YOUBULLIEDME Social Media & Journal Challenge for National Bullying Prevention Month

#YOUBULLIEDME but I am stronger. 

Being bullied was something I never talked about. In elementary and middle school, I was bullied by my peers and girls that I considered my friends. I think I was ashamed to admit it to myself. I felt like I was weak if I said it out loud, but for me, admitting that I was bullied gave me my strength. 

“I was not bullied physically, I was verbally and emotionally bullied.”

I remember one of my “friends” calling me and trying to get me to say something bad about one of the girls in our group. Of course, I was unaware that the girl she was trying to pin me up against was also on the phone listening in (a classic ‘Mean Girls” move). Three-way calls were a new feature at that time (some of you may know about this), and these girls used that feature to bully and torment me.

“They would tease me, spread rumors about me, and would leave me out of sleepovers and birthday parties, and yet they kept me around.”

I think they enjoyed making themselves feel better by pushing me down because I was a straight A student, a social butterfly, and was more talented than they were. (ouch) I was not the kid that bragged about being smart or talented, but I was active in school and in the performing arts. I was always involved in talent shows, plays, writing short stories, performing solo’s in the choir, and always got attention from my teachers and the principal in school.

“Jealousy made me a victim of bullying, but now, I am a survivor.”

Why #YOUBULLIEDME Matters 

I decided to create this challenge, not only for my own healing, but for anyone who has experienced bullying and those who are being bullied now. You may have been bullied by your parents and siblings, external family, friends, employers, co-workers or by your significant other.

“We heal stronger, together.”

You may have been bullied on social media, at school, work or in your home. You may have been bullied because of your race or ethnicity; for your gender, age, religious beliefs, socioeconomic class, or your sexual orientation.

 

This challenge is designed to bring healing to ourselves and others, by sharing our truth in hopes of preventing the life-long challenges that can come with being bullied.


“Never be afraid to admit that you were bullied. The first step toward healing and forgiveness, is admitting it.”

Below, you can find days 1-15 of the Social Media and Journal Prompts. Let’s help prevent bullying and heal together. 

“Share your truth. Share your story.” 


What to Expect: 

YOU BULLIED ME Challenge

Being bullied completely altered my relationships with my family and friends. It was something that I kept hidden and never really talked about until about two years ago when I experienced a minor depression while pregnant with my daughter.

The effects of bullying caused me to distrust most people, because my friends were the people who bullied me. I struggled to believe that any of my friendships were genuine.

I never fully believed that my friends had my best interests at heart or that they would not belittle or betray me like my bullies did. Continue reading “YOU BULLIED ME Challenge”