You and I, dear reader, don't know each other very well. But what you can surmise from my Revelist posts, or like, any of my social media accounts, is that growing up I was (I mean, I still am) an unabashed nerd. And I don't mean just because of my oversized glasses, my pudgy tummy, or my deep, deep love of "Lord of the Rings." I don't mean in the trendy or cute way, either. I am a full out, un-kissed until 16, social pariah nerd.
There are kids who have suffered (and sadly, are suffering) way worse than I ever have. But that doesn't mean the years of name calling and social exclusion didn't hurt, or doesn't affect me now.
Don't worry, I have most of my shit together now. I came out on the other side with real friends, a great job, and a sarcastic wit so sharp it could cut those former haters into a million pieces — but there have been years of struggling with my identity and body image to deal with because of it. I'm not alone.
I reached out to my colleagues and friends to ask them what they would say to their former bullies if given a chance. Some of them are hilarious, some of them are heartbreaking, but all of them prove one thing:
YA DIDN'T BREAK US, BITCHES.
Check them out below: