Mahatma Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Yes, I started with a Ghandi quote.
So here is the change I want to see in the world.
I want every difference to be celebrated, not challenged. I want the youth of the world to know that whatever they are feeling, whatever they are thinking, that it is completely natural. I do not want anyone to be persecuted for being themselves.
So I got involved in a nationwide campaign here in New Zealand to combat this. Pink Shirt Day is a campaign to eliminate bullying in our schools. Gay, straight, African, Asian…anyone who believes that bullying has no place in schools, and those who want to show support for those who are and have been bullied, and obviously those who are bullied, should wear a pink shirt on April 14th to unite against this.
Along with this, youth groups across the country launched a letter-writing campaign to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key. Anyone who believes in the above paragraph is encouraged to sign the letter, and share their story on how bullying has affected them.
The It Gets Better Project lets those who are going through a tough time know that life gets better. I am doing my bit to make life better now. I do not want anyone to have to wait.
Be the change that you want to see in the world.
It gets better, and it starts now!
Blake Skjellerup is a competitive short track speed skater who competed for his beloved New Zealand in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Blake trains and lives in Calgary, Canada, where he will spend the next three years preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.