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Past Is Past

I was teased a lot. It was hard for me to communicate with people. It still is. They thought it’s fun to try to bring me down. I even cried once. Couldn’t stop the tears flowing. They never tried to pick a fight though. Mostly just wanted to get a reaction out of me because I tended to ignore their jokes at my behalf. I was considered the shy nerdy type of kid that never talks in class. Whatever! I’m over it. I don’t keep in touch with those people.
cagedwolf cagedwolf 26-30 3 Responses Jun 22, 2012

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The tormentors in school are generally unhappy people. The stars in high school may not lead successful adult lives.



Put energy into yourself and your life and then go back to a school reunion. Avoid the 5 year reunion (people act the same way they did in highschool) and shoot for the 20th year gathering. You might be surprised who returns will adjusted and successful.

I skipped the 5 year reunion because I was abroad at the time. But I don’t wish for them to fail or anything. It wouldn’t make me feel better about myself. I’m content with the way my life is developing right now.

I am reminded of a time I was young, was a loner, would often go to the movies alone. So this one theater waiting to get in, two lines would form at opposite ends of the wall. A few on the other side of the wall decided I was an easy target, so they started laughing at me, making fun of the fact I was alone. I just watched them, no real expression on my face. The whole line on the other side joined in laughing at me. I shrugged it off and watched my movie, they watched theirs. The following week it happened again, three or four were pointing at me laughing starting to make jokes. The guy next to me asked why they were laughing at me? What was I going to do? I winked at him and said watch this. So I stood tall, pointed back and started laughing at them. No reason at all, just pointing my finger back and laughing. The stranger followed suit and did the same. Eventually the entire side I was on were all pointing their fingers at the four and were laughing at them calling them loosers. I smiled and shrugged it off, I went to see my movie, they went to see theirs.

That’s an interesting turn of events :)

One of life's lessons, when you come under attack the first time, be strong but do not fight. Absorb the damage but pay close attention to the strategy chosen. Instead of sheltering yourself, embrace the pain and learn from it. Then take time to understand how the events happened, and plan how to best redirect.

If I were in the same position, I probably would’ve just ignored them and pretended they don’t exist or deserve my time at all. I’m not good at redirecting.

There is no difference between not being good at something and not being educated in something. Read up on Akido, ignore the physical aspects and just look at the thought of how it operates.

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Up until the time I joined EP, I thought my story about school and the way that I was taunted by my classmates was unique and one-of-it's-kind. I now believe it happens in every school, everywhere throughout the world. There is that classmate who is overweight and/or underweight, who is shy, who is LGBT, or who has skin problems, crooked teeth, or doesn't have the necessary wealth to buy all the fashionable clothing. Some young people are even pushed to the point of suicide over this stuff and for what? I've been out of school a long, long time now, and there are former classmates of mine who have literally built a life of isolation from other people based on what happened to them during our school years. I am gratified to see that you have not let this happen to you. I've long since forgiven my former classmates and I've learned since then that foolishness can come in all sizes and at all ages. We can either retreat further into our shells or rise above the foolishness, like you thankfully have done. Sadly, it seems like there is always more than enough idiocy to go around in this world! Even more sadly, the idiocy often wins. I'm very glad to see here that it didn't this time!

Thank you! I wish it was just in school that I’ve met people like that.