posted on Mar, 31 2011 @ 01:26 AM
I was bullied for about 3 years from 7th grade until the first part of 9th grade. Over the summer from 8th grade to 9th I took Kenpo, grappling etc...
all summer long. I dedicated myself to it, and went every day. I think I wore my instructor out!
The first few weeks of school in 9th grade started with the same verbal taunts, and general attempts at humiliation, but it was different now. I
wasn't scared anymore. The confidence showed, and it took my little entourage of bullies about 5 weeks to work up the nerve to test what the change
was all about. 3 of them jumped me in the weight room we had in our gym. Only 1 was able to walk out. The principle was a wise, and kind man. He gave
me 1 day of detention that he spent with me personally. We played cards, and had a very long, and very educational talk about politics, and that as a
parent himself he understood what I did, and the dad in him was proud of me, but as a principle, and therefore a quasi political figure he had to show
a certain amount of impartiality, and had to "do something" to me or the other parents would get butt hurt. I had to swear that this detention was the
worst thing ever, and never admit that I spent it playing cards, and shooting the breeze with the principle.
If only we had more wise, and clever people heading our schools. I was never in another fight in high school ever again. The opportunity never arose.
I fought almost daily before I learned how to fight. After learning how to fight I only had to fight once. As an adult I have only had to fight one
other time in defense of another, and it felt great to be able to defend another from harm.
Sometimes you cannot "just walk away." I work in emergency medicine, and took care of a 16 year old girl that will never walk again because she was
hit in the head as she "just walked away." from an altercation. It is your human right, and responsibility to protect yourself, and those you love.
Most aggressors only recognize power, and if you have none you can't even speak their language. Learn the language, but only communicate with it if
needed. To quote Tolkien- "Those who do not live by the sword can still die upon them."
edit on 31-3-2011 by Binder because: (no reason