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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Bullying with Jodi Meadows




Today I have Jodi Meadows, author of INCARNATE and soon to be released ASUNDER. Jodi shares her story of her childhood and how she managed to stay strong through it all. So many times we let others get the best of us. It's important to know deep inside that what others think about you aren't important.




Growing up, I had my share of bullies. I was often a target for name-calling and mocking because I was a shy girl with glasses, who preferred reading to almost anything else. Oh, and I wore braces. In third, fourth, and fifth grade, I might as well have had a sign over me saying “easy target.” But overall, I was lucky. No one ever hurt me. No one ever convinced me I was worthless.

For a long time, I thought the only thing I could do was endure it, but one year, my mom enrolled me in karate class. It turned out I sucked at karate. A lot. I kept pointing my toes (thanks to ballet class the night before karate class) and I could never bring myself to hit or kick anyone. But the class gave me a peculiar sense of confidence. I knew a little about self-defense. I knew what I was capable of (not much, but it was more than before). And I guess something about the way I carried myself changed. I stopped trying to make myself small. I stopped looking like a target, in spite of how I was still shy and wore glasses and braces and all that.

The other important thing that happened was this: I made friends. In sixth grade, I joined the school band where I made friends with other delightfully weird kids who liked to read. For me, it was much easier to endure the occasional bullying when I had people I could trust with me.




4 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your story Jodi! I think that it's really important to have friends to stand by you, and more important, the strength inside of you. I know it's hard to keep strong when people try to wear you down. I'm glad you were able to be strong.

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  2. Thanks for sharing Jodi! We all need to remember to live our lives the way we want to and not what someone else thinks that should be. :)
    DeAnna Schultz

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  3. Thanks for stopping by Jodi. It is amazing how many people are hurt by bullying. So sad!

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  4. All those things that made you a nerd in your former life and look at you now! Bet some of the bullies have read your book and wished they hadn't done it. And all those things that made you a "nerd" are the same things that all of us love about ourselves now. Funny how life switches things around.

    I really hope this month brings some awareness in the schools and some compassion even here in the blogging community. After all, we're all here because we love books.

    Thanks for sharing your story Jodi! Can't wait for Asunder!

    Heather

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