This is truly a DAILY MUSING for me, I literally think about it every day. As a child who suffered from low self esteem, I am always struck by young people who have the same issue. I was a very smart little guy. I was talking earlier than most, walking earlier, and somehow always thought I was one of the adults. As I got into my school years, being smart became more about proving to the others that I mattered.
Being bullied may seem like something every child goes through, but it is such a nasty business. It makes you question your own worth and abilities. It robs you of the care free years and puts so much unnecessary stress on such young people. Second guessing yourself at any age is no fun but in those early years, it can shake you in ways that will take a long time to recover from.
As an adult, I have always been particularly drawn to stories of young people who are being bullied or have suffered some sort of trauma that causes their self esteem to suffer. Whether it be from bullying or from something that just makes you self conscious, it can affect the way you grow up and the way you interact with others. It actually hurts my heart to see someone who is so unsure of themselves or so noticeably uncomfortable about anything about themselves. It makes you want to just give out free hugs.
I have always had a dream that one day I would have enough influence to help these young people by getting them proper therapy and, in cases where there is a need, help them to correct the physical part. I do believe no matter what their situation, these children would need to work on it from the inside out. If the problem is acne, it is great to fix the acne but there is still something inside that stays behind long after the physical part is corrected.
I think if we make the effort to help young people with these issues they will have a better chance of being well adjusted adults. Everyone deserves a chance to know what life can be like if you can push past the hang ups and difficulties of our youth.
One day, I still hope to be able to have a facility or some sort of organization that can direct young people to the right resources. I imagine once you touch their lives in such a positive way, they will go forward and touch the lives of others in phenomenal ways. Possibly even eliminating bullying altogether. Imagine a world where bullying is not tolerated and stopped in its tracks simply by positive attitude and nurturing?
More importantly, no child, no person, should ever feel so isolated or judged by the superficial. Everyone has something to offer, everyone has value, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect. Somehow we sometimes lose respect for ourselves because we look at things through others’ eyes. I hope by giving young people a better foundation, we can redirect their thinking and that would spread to those around them.