But I Can Defend Myself And Others

And I have. Sure, my life and world have been mostly peaceful. I grew up in a very tolerant town surrounded by very tolerant people. But I know how to defend myself. And I've been called to the job.

Have you ever seen an unknown, skinny, short high school freshman stand up to an overweight, senior bully? Did it turn to violence or never get past the staredown?

I stared him down. I had nothing to gain from it, and little more to lose. I didn't look away first.

Senior year, I had a bully who picked on one of my special ed friends. Words didn't work, so I took him down. I was shaking afterward, scared of my own self, but the bully didn't look sideways at any of us again.

I hate violence, but sometimes, it's the only option left.
mononoaware mononoaware
26-30, M
Jan 22, 2013