You don’t need to be strong to stand up to bullying.
You don’t need to be confident to stand up to bullying.
It’s okay if your hands are shaking and you’re choking up.
It’s okay if you are panicking.
It’s okay if you have to write yourself a script and practice your words a bunch of times.
It’s okay if your voice is shaky and you sound scared.
You don’t need to be intimidating or impressive to the bullies.
You don’t need to win any arguments or have all the right words.
It’s okay if you can hardly think straight and are scared out of your mind.
Bravery in the face of bullying is not about not being scared or not being messy.
Standing up to bullying is not about being good at standing up to bullying.
Standing up to bullying takes nothing more than standing up to bullying.
All you need is to say what you have to say. To walk away when you have to walk away. To stand there silently not giving in when you shouldn’t give in. To not take a seat just because you’re falling apart on the inside. Or the outside.
A “No” spoken through tears is still a “No.”
The only way bullies don’t win is if you don’t let them bully you.
So stand up, no matter how weak and scared you feel or look or sound. Stand up for yourself. And stand up for people who can’t seem to stand up for themselves yet.
You’ve got this.
We’ve got this.