Autobiographical Column: Imperfections

Brett Loftis

            What is the worst thing that one human being can do to another human being?  There are probably a lot of things that can be thought of.  If you think about it long enough, you can come up with your own answer and probably pinpoint a time when you have experienced it in your own life or see it happen. However, what is the worse thing that a child can do to another child?   Bullying.

            Race relations, mental health and suicide rates are all major issues in America today.  In 2019, there were 47,511 suicides in the United States. Could these three issues all stem from one place?  Is there a time in a human’s life in where these terrible issues begin?  Is there a way to stop these issues before they even start?

            My name is Brett Loftis.  I am overall a very happy human being.  I live a great life as a college student at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia.  I am very involved in both the mass communications and the athletic communication departments at Piedmont.  I am a follower of Jesus Christ, an avid writer and a huge sports fan. However, there was a time in my life when I was not happy.  There was a time in my life when I did not know if I ever would want to move forward with my own life.  There was a time where I was bullied.

            As a male in today’s America, it is rather difficult to talk about the tough times in our lives.  We feel as if it is better to hide our emotions because it will make us appear sensitive if we discuss our low times in life.  I fall into this category as well.  I usually hide my emotions and not talk about them.  I bottle up times in my past when I was at an all-time low. 

When I was in middle school, I found myself at an all-time low.  I was bullied constantly for my size, my looks or even my school spirit at times.  I tried to surround myself with people who would build me up, but inevitably those same people would tear me down.  I tried to combat the name callings and the physical abuse by telling my teachers and administration, but no one seemed to care. My middle school had motivational speakers who came into our school to talk to us about bullying.  The very students who seemed to terrorize my life would be the very people who would now act as anti-bullying activists around these speakers.  These students never faced any repercussions for their treatment of others, but yet were looked at as “student body heroes.” Finally, after three years of going through living hell on a daily basis, I escaped.

            With the help of my loving parents, I transferred school districts to begin high school.  I found out when I arrived that there were kind people in the world.  Yes, there were still the people who liked to belittle others, but more people who wanted to uplift others.  I found out what I wanted to do in life.  I found friends who would last a lifetime.  Most of all, I found a will to live. 

            Today, I am trying to live life at its fullest.  I try to treat every single person I meet with the utmost respect.  I have now also found ways to combat those who do not treat others with the same amount of kindness.  With the help of Jesus, my parents, Clinton High School and Piedmont College, I have realized that everyone is destined for greatness somewhere in life.  However, just a few mean people can ruin their lives, and they may never get to experience their greatness in life.  Just remember, your life is worth living, greatness is out there and never give up on a life worth living because at the end of the day, every life is a life worth living.

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