I’ll never forget the first time I heard “Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never harm me.” I was a little kid wanting so badly to believe in those words my mother had taught me, so anytime I was sad, hurt or discouraged I would remind myself of this invaluable piece of advice.
Even now, as I write these words, I can hear my mother’s voice in my mind reminding me that our actions will always speak louder than our words. The thing is (and what I’ve come to realize as an adult), is our words do in fact carry a great deal of power. Power to push, power to pull, to influence, to stick, to label, to bring both joy and judgment and while what we say can cause a world of heartache to others, our voices can also facilitate change.
I’ve always believed sometimes all it takes is one voice to make a difference. One small act of kindness, so why not take a stand? Be that voice. What’s stopping you? While I look at social media as a beautiful outlet – a place where we can come together, support and encourage one another, I know there are those out there that do not feel the same.
For anyone who has experienced bullying, know that we see you, we hear you, and you are not alone. Remember, it is our differences that make us incredibly special. Look beyond the surface to see we are all one of a kind – a source of great beauty and inspiration.
Location: Cabagan, Isabela, Philippines