Today I smiled... I laughed... I joked... I called my friend and didn't cry once. But underneath it all, I was screaming, crying, fighting for a way to get away from everything. I ran away from Facebook because of people, I held back tears in front of my family.
I'm telling you this because I want you to understand that what I'm going to talk about next is coming from a very personal and sensitive place...
In the next month--hopefully next week--I am going to spend a week trying to raise awareness on bullying. I'm going to be doing a series of photos on it, I'm going to be sharing stories, I want to get this issue out there. Too many people take it too lightly, to many people make jokes about it. I want to show everyone how much damage it can do, how it can destroy a life.
Please know that this is a very hard subject for me to talk about with even the people I'm closest to, and there's two reasons I'm opening up and sharing this. One, I want everyone out there to know that they aren't alone, and that there is hope. Two, I want everyone else to realize that it is something serious, something that needs to have action taken against.
Now, I would love to share any stories/advice from anyone. If you have something you'd like to share during my bullying week, email it to email@example.com. You may remain anonymous if you want, you don't have to give specifics. Your story may help save a life.
If there are any other photographers who want to join in on the photo series with me, I would love that so much! I will announce when I know for sure I'll be doing this, and you can share on your own pages/blogs/websites. If you do, please send me a link.
Please share this post with everyone you know, you never know who may need this.