In junior high, I often wore Batman T-shirts. “Uh, so what?” you’re probably wondering. Well this was back before Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie brought comic books back into the mainstream. So yeah, I faced a fair share of ridicule.
Did it make me feel stupid? Embarrassed? Sure. Many times I wanted to just crawl into my shell, if I had one. But I didn’t. I’d usually give some sarcastic response and walk away.
In college, I proudly wore a denim jacket full of ridiculous patches featurign Twisted Sister all over them. This time, I laughed with the others but still proudly wore it. I’d tell people, “I have no shame,” but in reality I was just trying to be me. And there’s nothing shameful in that.
Bullying sadly, continues to be a huge part of life. It’s most prominent in kids on the playground or schoolbus, but it happens to us all. And until the last bully pulls his final wedgie, we’ll continue to try knocking them all down to size.
The best way to fight a bully? Not with fists. Not with curses. No. It’s by building up self-esteem one person at a time.
And now there’s a new tool to help every single individual overcome the challenges in their lives. Whether minor major, these challenges can be overcome with help and support of others. And that’s the premise behind Cigna.com’s Go You Hub. The global health service’s new online gathering place is a multimedia website that celebrates “you” being “you.”
From peer-pressure to body image to self-confidence, Go You is the ultimate online support group. You’ll find all sorts of stories from individuals who overcame huge adversity, as well as plenty of tips and insights on bullying and self-image from news articles and white papers written by physicians, behaviorists and clinicians.
To help celebrate the launch of the Go You Hub, Cigna’s sponsoring the essay contest “Pay It Backward.” By writing about an individual who inspired you to become the best you can be, you have a chance at winning a trip to a destination of your choice! The contest ends November 21, 2013, so see the GO YOU Hub for more details.