Sunday, September 11, 2011

Words May Hurt, But They Don’t Have To

Everyone gossips in high school. Even if people say they don’t do it or hate it, everyone does it. It is a part of high school life. “Did you hear about Brooke and Mike? They broke up!”, “What did Zoey do to her hair? It looks so tacky!”, “Did you see what Sandra was wearing today?! What was she thinking?” or “Jenna is cheating on Dan with her best friend’s boyfriend!” Whether or not this gossip is true, it gets around. It gets around to people you wouldn’t expect it to get around to. The preps, the dirties, the nerds, the druggies, the music geeks and many more; everyone hears it. And once everyone hears it, there is no going back and trying to erase what has already spread.

What about when gossip actually hurts people? How do you get past that? Everyone is gossiped about something or other once in their life, no matter who you are, people talk. And then depending on whether the gossip is true or not, it hurts. If you are dealing with a break up, it just makes you feel worse when everyone knows about it. Or if you aren’t broken up, but then there is a rumor going around about cheating, it might lead to a break up that causes you to hurt. But when someone is constantly being gossiped about how they look, that is when it really hurts. Gossip IS a form of bullying and it can lead to serious consequences, such as suicide.

Why do we care so much about what people think about us? Does their opinion really matter? The truth is- it doesn’t matter. But in the world we live in, we are so focused on trying to make others happy that we lose touch with what makes us happy. You are trying so hard on trying to impress someone else, that you lose track of yourself.

People judge us on how we look, what we wear and how we act every day. And there is nothing we can do about that, except be our own person and not conform to what everyone is doing. We need to CONFIRM our selves and hold strong to what we believe in. In order to get passed the gossip, you need to be strong and confident in yourself.

If you believe in yourself, others will too. I am not going to tell you not to gossip, because everyone does it and there is no stopping it. But there is a difference between good gossip and hurtful gossip. “Did you see what Heather was wearing today? It was so cute!” People like to feel good about themselves. This kind of gossip helps people feel more confident in how they look and act.

When it comes to high school, you just have to move on and not let what other people say affect you. There will always be someone out there that has to pick at every little thing about a person; just don’t let that person be YOU.

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