Last weekend, I got together with a few of my very favourite fellow Vancouver fashion bloggers. It was rainy and cold, but we rallied together for a anti-bullying photo shoot – a topic that I think has weighed heavy on all of our hearts these last few years. With the internet, it seems bullying no longer has any boundaries as it can now even reach directly into the homes of those being bullied. It scares me to think that we are in a day and age that kids can hurl insults and words of immense hatred at one another and push others to their breaking points.
While at times it can feel helpless for there to be change, but on February 24th we can all make a stand and show unity against bullying simply by wearing pink – and that’s pretty cool. There is power, strength, and influence in numbers and that’s why I am encouraging all of you to take part in Pink Shirt Day on February 24th + join me and my fellow bloggers in the stance against bullying.
I think bullying is something that we all have experienced once or twice (or more..) times in our lives. For me, I was 12 and had just found out I had scoliosis. It felt like it was the worst time of my life, and the last thing I needed was a group of girls picking on me for something that I already hated about myself. Even my closest friends turned on me so they could be a part of what everyone else was doing. It was the most painful year of my life – both physically and emotionally.
When I look back on that time in my life, I am glad the Internet and online bullying was really at it’s freshest of stages. There was no Facebook, Twitter, or really much of anything else. There was though, MSN messenger, and through that I received my first painful dose of online bullying.
I know there’s at least one person out there reading this that relates to every word of what I am saying. I know it because I know I’m one of many who has experienced bullying, and who saw a peek into what it is to be online bullied. This Pink Shirt Day, share your bullying story and wear pink so we can all stand together against bullying both online and offline.
*If you’re looking to sport one of these Anti-Bullying t-shirts than head to your nearest London Drugs. They are the exclusive retailer for the Pink Shirt Day Anti-Bullying Shirts, and all net proceeds from these t-shirts will go to the CKNW Orphan’s Fund in support of Boys and Girls Clubs in local communities.