Having a strong support system and learning to love yourself, which is a never-ending journey and challenge, is something that will be your survival mechanism. Self-love, taking care of yourself, finding all the beautiful things that there are to love, learning to be a tough cookie and not really listen to anybody. Because it won’t go anywhere. It isn’t like you get out of middle school and high school is so much better, no. And then you get out of high school and then you’re like, “Oh, college life is so much fun!” and then you’re like, “No, this is awful!” and then you get to your first job and you’re like, “Wow, everyone here is an asshole too!” So, you know, there’s always going to be an obstacle. There’s always going to be challenging company and people of opposite views and people who tell you that you need to change something but looking at bad as obstacles and opportunities for personal growth is the healthiest way to outlast the bullying. My Nonna still deals with people– she lives in a retirement home, and there’s still people there who are such bitches! Why? You’re 90! Isn’t it done now? Do you get to stop being mean, ever?
— Ariana on dealing with bullying (x)