When the first shoots of Spring start to come through, it can trigger a re-evaluation in our lives. Thoughts can turn to new starts, fresh perspectives, coming out of darkness into light.
But what about this re-evaluation? Doing it for its own sake amounts to a nice spot of navel gazing. It is what we do with all this reflection that matters. Do we continue with our old habits that are causing unhappiness? Or do we finally summon the bravery to follow a new path?
“Where did your blog go, Martin?” is a question that you may (or more likely, may not) have been asking yourself these last few months. I may be a Coach but I am still human. This means that I, along with most of you reading this, need to prioritise things in our lives at times. Life has been pretty hectic. Blogging, as well as other activities like business networking, have had to take a bit of a back seat.
In this case study, I speak to someone bullied between the ages of 11 and 16 due to a skin condition that she had. Now 30 years old, she reflects on the experience and how it helped her to later deal with bullying incidents in the workplace.
She talks about how important supportive friends and family can be, and how schools can do more to support children affected by this issue.
Childhood bullying will always have some effect on how a person turns out as an adult. Although some of these effects may be viewed negatively, more often than not, early difficult experiences can help to shape a more rounded, resilient person.
Thinking about my own experiences, and that of friends and family, there are certain broad themes that you begin to see now that childhood is a distant memory. Every person is different, and this is by no means definitive in all situations, but here are my reflections on the good (and bad) consequences of struggles as a child.