By: Daniella Aryeh, IATG Contributor March 3, 2016
Recently, so much has been changing in my life. I graduated grad school, started my first real job, moved out of my parents house, and started paying all of my own bills. The first few months of being out of my parents house, of being a full fledged adult, were terrifying. I would wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night with nerves; I just couldn’t calm down. The butterflies in my stomach, the sweating, the feeling as if I was going to throw up, no matter what I did, it seemed as if this feeling would never go away.
The one thing that I seemed to have going for me was the fact that I moved into a community where I had a group of close girl friends. While I don’t live in their exact apartment building, I only live four blocks away, and I thought that I would have people to rely on when things got tough.
And for a while I did. Until I realized I wasn’t so sure about those friendships anymore.
As I began to settle into the routine of my new life, my friendships started to change. The girls I once thought of as my best friends started to become incredibly cliquey, and I found myself on the outside. They began telling me that they don’t invite me over much, because I live “too far.” Who knew that four blocks was considered far?
More often than not, we’d like to believe that we grow out of our catty middle school days, that people will no longer bully, that we’ll accept each other. Unfortunately, I’m finding that to be less and less the case. People still need to feel like they are in the “in crowd,” and, sadly, this means that they need to leave someone out. Without someone on the outskirts, without someone not knowing what’s happening, there can be no “in crowd.” And sadly, it seems like some people will never grow out of it. And it breaks my heart, because those leaving me out, are the ones who I considered my best friends.
We all handle bullying differently. Some absorb the shock silently and internally, some are outspoken and fiery, while others fall somewhere in the middle. Regardless, the challenge here is to be more aware of the current lack of compassion threatening our society.
Only when we have the selflessness, tolerance, and courage to love people as they are, will we see bullies retract those claws and replace insensitivity, aggression, and insecurity with unconditional love.
In the meantime, try to find those who you can count on for real, those who will accept you for all that you are, and not leave you out. I know I’m trying once again to find those people. May we all be a little nicer today in the hopes that, over time, we're collectively able to leave this world better than we found it.
Ever feel on the outs of the “in crowd”? Chances are everyone has! Invite someone into your “in crowd” today; call up an old friend, take a gal pal to coffee, or spark a conversation with a stranger. A little kindness can go a long way!
Daniella is completing her master’s degree in speech-language pathology. She loves traveling, meeting new people, hanging on the beach, and reading anything she can get her hands on. She is obsessed with country music and constantly quoting Friends and One Tree Hill.
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