It Gets Better: “I have a million reasons to be here.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Dec 4, 2011
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We can actually shift our culture to one that doesn’t see bullies as strong and Jonahs as weak. Please share.

Watching this just-gone-viral-video (that was posted six months ago) isn’t for the faint of heart (neither is living beneath a cloud of bullying):

If you need some cheering up after watching this, doubleclick the above video and read the comments.

A similar video (also hard to watch). Another powerful heart-shaking video. More resources re bullying. More re It Gets Better. Stephen Colbert.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to “It Gets Better: “I have a million reasons to be here.””

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Louisa Relia ♥

    Raquel Adams Cox I love this kid!

    Jennifer Randall We have sadly failed our youth, that this exists is a reminder, we, Amerika, are so far behind other 'educated' countries when it comes to acceptance in race, sexual orientation and tolerance in general.

    Heidi Ketroser Massey And here is the amazing response another guy posted yesterday. It has gotten about 2500 views just since I first saw it this afternoon.

    Theresa Jump Sooooo Beautiful – Thank you for sharing, Heidi ♥

    Shay Jones I couldn't help but cry..

    Makena Kaleki Nalu ‎…….. o youngster, i know how you feel, you are loved, you are beautiful for being strong to share how you are feeling… be strong and reach out to those who understand 🙂

    Shay Jones Awe!!!! The follow up video is epic!! I love our human family!!

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Kara-Leah G How does this one fit in? Jonah's own follow-up…

    Klaire R Heart wrenching

    # Kara, I think (like many boys) that now that it's public he's on some level trying to say, nah, I'm cool. He's been pictured in front of the whole world crying. That's gotta be tough, especially if the bullying is still going on. So esp with a friend beside him, he's trying to make light of it. "Nevermind, I'm popular!"

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