In recent years, the problem of bullying (particularly in schools) has become a major part of the public discussion. As someone who has personally seen bullying among students and also having once felt the sting of it myself, I’m all for it (the conversation!). Though I do think that unfortunately sometimes a “No Bully Zone” sign can be about as effective as a “Drug Free Zone” sign, I am grateful that we are talking about it and also taking actions (preventative and disciplinary) to combat this devastating problem.
Let’s turn for a minute to pop culture, shall we? There’s no shortage of songs/ movies/ tv shows with a “be who you are!” message. Many of them are very cliche and unoriginal. “Glee,” Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way,” “High School Musical,” and Taylor Swift’s “Mean” (though I do like this one!) are just a few examples. These all seek to portray an inspirational message of self-empowerment to the proverbial underdog dealing with bullies/ naysayers, but often come off as quite cheesy.
In a sea of maudlin, pseudo-artistic expressions of self-acceptance, one stands out from all the rest: “Invisible” by Hunter Hayes. It’s personal and vulnerable. It’s not a canned piece of propaganda. It’s undeniably from the heart. And it is real. Makes me cry. It really does.
“Hear me out,
There’s so much more to life than what you’re feeling now
Someday, you’ll look back on all these days
and all this pain is gonna be invisible.”
Thanks Hunter. Your song is beautiful. And it gives me hope.
See ya in a few weeks!
PS. If you haven’t seen this, PLEASE watch it! Whether you’re Mormon or not. I promise that it’s worth the 10 minutes. Sooooo important:
“When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm, please apply the following:
PPS. If any of my friends/ readers feel like an outcast, if you’re bullied or made fun of, I promise it gets better. Fight the good fight, find joy in the little things, and just try your best to not let them get you down.
You’re not invisible.