Posted on August 20, 2014
Over the past few weeks, I have noticed myself running into an unavoidable amount of negativity. Whether it be random, on social media, or just plain mean, I really can’t seem to get around it. Over the past year of having my blog, I’ve gotten fairly used to comments full of criticism or hate, but my question is…why? Has everyone caught a serious case of Regina George syndrome?
Why do people choose to tear each other down for no reason, opposed to building each other up? What happened to the statement that “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all?”
The more I let things start to get to me, I began to ask myself why I was so bothered. If trolling Instagram or dedicating your time to making me miserable is consuming someones life, shouldn’t I feel bad for you? That is the conclusion I am sticking to. If someone has enough time on their hands to hate, let them hate, and feel bad for them.
This post is not a pity party, this post is to drive attention to the unfortunate growing issue of mean girls. I can’t even really say mean girls, because I was recently viciously attacked by a 40 year old man on Instagram for no reason. So, I’ll just say mean people.
Ultimately, this was a blessing in disguise because it brought me to The Kindness Campaign. The Kindness Campaign was founded in 2009 by two girls attending Pepperdine University who had both experienced bullying on campus. Their website says: “Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson, both affected by bullying, decided to create a documentary and non-profit that would ultimately change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across America. The girls have gone on three national tours, spreading their school assembly program and documentary film in hundreds of schools and communities across the country.”
How nice is that? Kind Campaign is an internationally recognized movement, documentary and school program based upon the powerful belief in KINDness that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl “crime.” It all boils down to one simple thing: be kind to everyone. How hard is that? Not very.
A section of the website allows people to anonymously share their stories of harassment. Many of them start with the sentence “It started in 5th or 6th grade…” This broke my heart. At such a young age, kids are seeking out ways to terrorize each other for no reason. The lasting impact of negativity can be damaging, so let’s make an effort to stop this now.
I’m pledging to get involved with The Kind Campaign, and you can too at http://www.kindcampaign.com/.