The world is full of bullies.
Bullying is a form of violence — it happens when someone who has more power (physical, social, emotional, etc.) targets someone of perceived “lesser power.”
I wish we could all respond to bullies as Andrew Johnston has responded to the children who have bullied him. Andrew is a 13 year old British boy who has been singing since he was 6. His peers don’t care for his style of singing, so Andrew says, “he’s been bullied all his life.” When asked how he deals with his bullies, Andrew says, “I keep on singing.”
Perseverance is about pressing on in the face of adversity.
Young people can press on when surrounded by adults who are not too busy, and not too self-absorbed to recognize when they just need to hear some applause.
Cheer on your favorite team. Scream and holler for your favorite singer at that dream concert. But in the words of the staff of the Rochester Freedom School in Rochester, NY — turn up the volume on the applause 5,000% for our children.
Let’s encourage our children to just keep on signing. They really can win this.
God bless you, Andrew Johnston.