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Bullied throughout all grades. Self-made man.

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My name is Richard Brighton, I'm a victim of bullying, a 12 year long veteran if I may say so.. It hasn't been quite easy, then again no one ever said it would, but I've managed those long 12 years of physical abuse such as punches to the back of the head, name calling every day, and of course the empty but still terrifying threats.. But now at the age of 21, I've become a self-made man with scholarships, jobs, and opportunities to travel the world, all because of my past. I even found that special someone.

You see, my problem was that I was born with a part of my face a different shade than the rest (not the big a deal when you read it out loud right?). My skin is naturally white but that one spot, that's the size of my palm, was always quite darker than the rest. And most of you know how difference always becomes the center of scrutiny in schools.. I was avoided by both boys and girls and I never had a person I could call 'friend'. But I did have myself, like I said, it wasn't easy... But being alone with my own thoughts, without the cloudy and foggy confusion that is the asinine dribble of the other students words they called 'English', I was able to discover a world bigger than the playground, much faster than my peers. It's so easy to forget about the troubles of the world when you're distracted questioning what video games your friends want to play or why you don't have any friends at all.

Let's say you're reading this forum topic because you yourself are being bullied and don't know what to do. Well, you've already taken the first step. It may seem insignificant, but because you're taking the initiative to learn how to solve a problem, you're building that habit to solve more problems on your own, and showing you're not afraid to ask for help, because face it, in the real world group work is essential! And don't worry, not everybody is as incompetent as that troglodyte you were paired with in science class.

Looking for troubles and solutions was the first thing I ever did in order to learn there were bigger problems out there, and the fact they needed solutions was my drive in life. I wanted to fix things; make them better, make the world better. I never cared if my name was remembered, that's something you should all strive for, because in honesty, when you do good things, not many people will realize you've done anything at all. They always focus on the negativity in life. You stray away from that you hear me?! To me life is meaningless and devoid of any higher purpose or meaning, but that doesn't equate to it being insignificant. Everything you've done and ever will do MATTERS...

I'll cut this short for now, but this is a forum, I'll be back. But I want to leave you with a take away quote I quite enjoy thinking about from time to time. This quote is from an astronaut as he gazed down on our world from the ISS,

“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.”

- Edgar D. Mitchell
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    Sunday, April 03 2016, 04:39 PM - #Permalink
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    Hey Edgar

    Thanks for sharing this story with us - it is really inspiring!! So glad to hear that you are moving forward with your life!

    April
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