I cannot telling you how much I’m kicking myself for not adding another pair of jeans to my original 30 pieces. It feels like I wear these every day. It better warm up next week so I can wear my last few pieces which are all dresses and skirts. Also, I’m home alone today and used the tripod and self-timer for the first time ever, so just ignore this very strange, on my bed pic. I just can’t miss any more days in the challenge or I won’t be done till April at this rate.
I went with jeans and a this tee today because it’s Pink Shirt Day. A day to bring awareness to the topic of bullying and start conversations around it. Just wearing a pink shirt doesn’t solve the problem, but it starts a chain of awareness and gets people talking. I feel that bullying has become sort of ‘normalized’ in our culture – it happens everywhere so it isn’t really addressed.
As someone that was bullied (a lot) as kid I know the immense pain of being picked on. When I read reports about young, talented, exceptional children taking their lives because the pain was too much to handle it just reminds me that not much has changed in the years since I left school. What’s worse, even if you live through the torment of bullying, you have to carry the burden of those horrible words and actions for the rest of your life.
I still have days where I stand in front of the mirror and see that little girl that was picked on for the colour of her skin, her crooked teeth, very hairy arms, and sometimes her fashion sense (which ps was always awesome, but not everyone could see it though). I try to teach my kids that bullying is wrong when it happens to them, but also encourage them to befriend those that are bullied, and to be kind to others. Kindness really counts.
Sometimes the problems in the world seem so big that we don’t even know where to begin to make a difference so we ignore them. There are three easy ways you can help stop bullying; talk to your kids about how they are treating other people and encourage them to be kind with their words, buy a pink shirt from London Drugs (100% of the proceeds go to local Boys & Girls Clubs with programs that foster self-confidence and social awareness), or get involved in the Walk So Kids Can Talk fundraiser by the Kids Help Phone society. Simple steps that keep the conversation going even when this Pink Shirt Day is over.