I stand up for what I believe in. It is something I have done for a while. Most of the people who know me like this quality and tell me never to change it. But I encountered a situation where standing up for another person caused me to, in a way, be “persecuted” for my beliefs. I am not a person who normally goes around starting drama, but I can’t help but to defend others when I see the need.
Without going into too much detail, there was a situation months ago where I basically jumped into an argument that I was not a part of to defend someone who was close to me. A few days ago I was told I was not welcome somewhere because the person (we will call them the bully) I argued with in that earlier situation was going to be there. I was not told this by the bully but by a person who I thought was my friend.
The part that hurt the most is that I am not the only one who does not get along with this bully; I was just the only one to be singled out and not included. Now because of my bravery to “stand up to the bully” and stand up for my beliefs, I was pushed aside by a former friend to “avoid the drama.”
So tell me, why do I feel like I did something wrong standing up to the bully? This is why bullying continues to happen, because instead of facing it, we try to “avoid the drama.” Then the people like me who were brave enough to stand up get kicked down because we caused waves.
Now ask me if I could go back to that day where I argued with the bully, knowing that it would cause me to be an outcast right now, would I still stand up?… Damn right I would.
Our history is full of people who stood up for what they believed in and were then persecuted, but they did it anyway knowing that one day things would change. I will continue to stand for myself and for those who need someone to stand for them because that is what I believe in.