It is important to know that everyone you meet and interact with comes with baggage. Their experiences, thoughts, feelings, from the past influence their perceptions. People react differently based on their past.
A young girl was bulled in our school. No one ever touched her. People called her names, used vulgar slurs, and made her feel like she had no value. It was simply words, that many forget they had even said the next day. They were over it.
She took her life in front of us. I can still recall everthing that happend that day as if it was yesterday.
I vowed that I would never let someone do that to another person and just ignore it. Words can have more power than you know. I can forgive. I will never put myself in a position to stand silently when people say hurtful words. I will stand for that young girl that taught us a lesson, at the cost of her life.
So now you know some of the baggage I carry. Although I was very young and never bullied her, I didn’t stop anyone else from doing so. I will never make that mistake again.
I went to Montana and placed flowers at her grave again. It’s still too little, too late.