Saturday, 16 February 2013

For many of us, our worst enemy is the mirror By Guy McLaughlin North Campus

There are so many people out there who are constantly under pressure and are suffering because of the way they and others relate to their personal self image. These people can barely look in the mirror, let alone go outside in a public place.

In some cases it can get as bad as people suffering mental illnesses such as anorexia and depression as well as constant stress which is also bad for your mental health. This is because of people feeling afraid of being laughed at and being judged because of the way they look, and not the person they really are. 

Someone I personally know suffered from depression because she was being bullied because she was overweight and people usually reminded her of that every day. She was usually a happy girl who could take a joke but over time it got too much for her to handle and she had to undergo constant counselling and even had to leave school because of it. I myself was one of the people putting her down for no reason at all. I have recently apologised for my actions and have changed my whole attitude towards my way of life.

There are numerous people who suffer from idiotic humans saying and doing things that they have no right to. Just because a person is overweight, looks a bit different, is from a poorer background or has different opinions in their way of life. They don’t deserve to be treated any differently because of it. Everyone is human.

So please, think about what you say and do before you do it, it could have dramatic effects on an individual. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and respect their right to feel good about themselves. After all, everyone deserves the right to be happy don’t they? 

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