Because of this disability Macy was subject to bullying both from people on the land that seen her as different and then from mermaids in the ocean that could not accept her because she had been born on the land. To read more about Macy check out my book by clicking here
Marcus has kindly invited me up from my home in Ocean View to talk about bullying. As he said earlier, when I was born on the land with what looked like a disability a lot of the people that I knew shunned be because of this disability. They saw me as different and did not want anything to do with me. I was called names and picked on and it got so bad that I no longer wanted
to go to school.
When my good friend Makeo and I finally realised that I was in fact a mermaid, I had to make the choice to go and live in the ocean. I guessed that when I got there that things would be different, I would have a tail and be like everybody else but that was not the case. They did not like me because I was born on the land and once again looked to them like I was different. The
name calling continued and there was even some physical bullying went on.
My main aim today is to talk about what to do if you are being bullied and how to deal with it.
A lot of ridiculous people will say things like “bullying is a part of growing up” or “bullying builds character” but I can assure you that this is not the case at all. Bullying makes people feel small and insignificant and can even lead to people withdrawing from society all together like I did when I decided not to go to school.
Bullying can even make people develop physical symptoms such as headaches or nausea as a way of dealing with what is going on in their lives. This does not have to be the case though, if you are being bullied then there are things that you can do about it.
What can you do?
First of all I would advise you not to retaliate to anybody that is bullying you. Do not try and answer them back or stand up to them, this will only make things worse. Talk to people about what is happening to you, tell a parent or a friend about what is happening, in fact tell as many people as you can. Once you have spoken about it to somebody then you are one step closer to
making the whole problem go away. Try not to put yourself in a situation where you are alone with the person that is bullying you. If you need to avoid them then do so until it has been dealt with.
If like so many other people in this age of technology, you are being bullied through the internet or through social networking sites then make sure that whenever this does happen that you keep a record of it. You can use these records to show people what is happening to you and once again somebody will be able to help you. We don’t have computers in the ocean so thankfully I do not have this problem.
Do not be ashamed of what it happening to you, it happens to thousands of people every day and if you do not speak up and tell somebody that it is happening then the bullies may eventually leave you alone but they will only move onto bully somebody else.
Last of all, whatever happens do not become a bully yourself. A lot of people project how they are feeling and begin to make others suffer in the same way that they have. I would urge you not to do this. You are only putting somebody else through the same things that you yourself have suffered.
Do not do what I did in retaliating and do not keep it toyourself like I did. Once somebody finally realised what I was going through everything begun to get better.
I hope this has been some help to you and if you have any questions about this or about my story in the ocean please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you soon
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