Opinion - Have You Ever Felt?
Have you ever felt alone? Have you ever felt like the world was out to get you? Have you ever felt as if you’re standing at a great precipice, screaming at the top of your lungs and no one even looks up? If you have, you are not alone. Many of us have, at one point in time, felt this way. Some of us feel like there is no one who could ever understand what we’re going through. Some of us are victims of bullying—whether verbal, physical, cyber-bullying (texting, e-mails, blogs, videos, etc.), indirect bullying (spreading rumors) or being bullied at home.
About a month ago, a video was uploaded to YouTube by a young man named Jonah Mowry. In the 4:35 video, Mowry told the world his plight about being bullied because of his sexual orientation, how he felt he was alone and how he cut himself in order to deal with the bullying. By the end of the video, however, he told the world he’s going to keep moving forward, that “there’s a million reasons for him to be here.” This was his way of venting and releasing the feelings he had pent up inside.
Now most of us aren’t comfortable making a video and displaying it for the world to see. Sometimes we wish someone would just sit down and listen to us without the fear of being judged. This is one of the reasons why we don›t always open up to family and friends. But as a wise man once told this reporter, “There are only two people we can be completely open with: a Perfect Stranger and a Perfect Love.” And he’s right. Think back to how many of us opened up to a stranger on the bus, and they gave that comfortable ear we all need or how we tell the one person who loves us no matter what our deepest, darkest secrets. When we feel down, stressed or depressed, we want someone to listen. We want someone to tell us we are going to be okay, or that we’re perfect in our own way.
There’s a song by Grammy-award winning artist Pink that fits this perfectly. It’s called “Perfect,” and it lets the listener know that we are all perfect. And if you never hear it from someone else, look in the mirror and tell yourself you are perfect.
If you need to vent or need a friendly ear, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll listen. No one should ever feel alone.