Your True Colors

It seems like everywhere we turn, we hear stories about bullying…people being insulted, made fun of, or even physically attacked because they are different or weird or just plain stand out. When it’s happening to you, it seems like everything and everybody is against you. It seems like you’ll never have a place where you feel safe or fit in. When bullying is happening to you, it can make you miserable and it can feel like there will never be anything good in your life. Put simply, the words and actions of bullies, cause immense pain.

Oh my God, you’re too stupid for words. You can’t even talk.

Einstein didn’t speak until the age of 4. He changed the way all scientists think.

S-s-s-s-s-stutterings s-s-s-so s-s-s-s-stupid. God, you can’t do anything.

James Earl Jones, Emily Blunt, Mell Tillis, Bruce Willis, and many others overcame their stuttering and let their true colors show. They have success most people only dream of.

No imagination, no good ideas, can’t do the job.

Walt Disney proved them wrong. His imagination has fueled the dreams of many a child.

You’re fucking crazy. You’re whole family is crazy. You’ll never amount to anything…never do anything important.

Roget, yes from Roget’s Thesaurus, proved them all wrong.

You’ve wasted your life. You’ll never amount to anything.

It’s never too late to be a success. Colonel Sanders proved that.

You’re not pretty enough. You’re not talented enough. You’ll never make it as an actress.

Marilyn Monroe certainly proved her critics wrong.

God, your hair is such a bird’s nest…UGLY.

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In the moment, each of these examples was devastating. Each of these examples hurt like hell. And, if they happened again and again, these moments could beat a person down. But, each of these moments and examples have one other thing in common, they weren’t true. Sure, the times people said things to me about my appearance, criticized my hair, called me ugly, I felt that hurt down deep…and, in my weaker moments, I still remember those words and feel the pain. But, like the other more famous examples on my list, I ultimately didn’t let my bullies define who I am. They may have beaten me down when I was younger but that was temporary. Thanks to the people in my life who loved and supported me, I was able to keep coming back. I learned to define myself and not listen to the haters.

I know this one little post won’t stop bullying. But, maybe, just maybe, each of us can use it as a reminder to love our selves and our differences. It can serve as a reminder to be there to support the people we know and love. It can serve as a reminder to stand up against the bullies and show their victims they are not alone. It can serve as a reminder to each and every one of us that our “true colors are beautiful, like a rainbow.”

*A special shout out and thank you to The Maven for sharing this video on Facebook and inspiring this post & to the Artists Against Bullying for creating this beautiful video.

2 Responses to Your True Colors
  1. Justine
    March 6, 2013 | 5:45 pm

    Hooray for this post, Kristin! Thanks for the reminder to embrace ourselves, and the things that make us … well, US. And amazing, at that.
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  2. Dad
    March 13, 2013 | 10:30 am

    Amen! Although I have gotten over the impact of it, I will never forget being named the “Class Baby” (publicly) at a pre-graduation eighth grade picnic. I’ll match my accomplishments with anyone’s today.

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