My contribution to Spirit Day c: <3 Holly and Starlight decided to make a poster~ BUT, as you can see, it's a bit... messy XD
I love how this turned out- Especially the drips on the poster and the border~ As you can probably tell, I'm still fondling around with my cat style, especially with the eyes and paws ouo Andespeciallymyshading Ohgod Myshadingeue
Also- Be prepared to see my future descriptions in small text, 'cause I think it looks cleaner 8I
Today is the International Cheetah Day Challenge!!
The cheetah is an extraordinary gift of nature: the most graceful, the fastest, the electrifying! With a speed of up to 60 miles per hour, it is the fastest land animal and is a master of stealth and swift movement. It also has keen eyesight and can easily spot prey across the African safara.
Most comfortable in the grasslands of eastern and southwestern Africa, the cheetah has been adversely affected by settlers and the human presence. We've wrecked the cheetah's environment and continue to antagonize the cheetah, so now it's our duty to reverse the cheetah's endangered status and revitalize the cheetah population.
For more information or to support the effort, please visit: Cheetah Conservation Fund: [link] Official ICDC Journal: [link]
I'm some minutes late :/ But I had it done, so I had to.
"We are daughters of our Heavenly father, who loves us and we love Him. We will stand as witnesses of God, at all times and in all things and in all places. As we strive top live the Young Women values, which are: Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice and Accountability, Good Works, Integrity, and Virtue. We believe as we come to accept and act upon these values, we will prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenents, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation."
It's because of these standards and the Word of Wisdom (which advises us to take care of our body by not partaking in any drug substances or alcohol) that I am able to remain above the influence
At first when I saw the purple banner on top "Spirit Day" I didn't know what this was about. When I went to find out I knew I just HAD to participate in this and try to help support the cause.
I know what bullying is, because I've been there. I was the unpopular, unwanted, disliked, shunned kid at school. I was different than others, didn't "fit in" with them, didn't want to be 'bad' like was the trend. It was hell. It really was. Of course I tried to get some help, to try to cope and fight it... but there was, at least at that time NOTHING the teachers, coaches, parents or other adults could do to stop the bullying. The bullying people didn't know just HOW bad their actions affected me, how much they really hurt, tore a person apart. Over a span of four years I had built a "wall" around my feelings so thick that it took maybe some 10 years to break it down and start to slowly trust people again.
Eventually, I made my way through the hellish time. People in my direct environment were older because I was older. People grew up and became more mature. I never really got into contact with the bullies from then again. And to my surprise, people accepted me now. They had learned to UNDERSTAND that people are different, and nowadays they are even INTERESTED in the things I have to say, the hobbies I like to do, - the things I have to offer.
Life gets better! I have experienced it myself. Afterwards, I feel that through all the hardship I have become a stronger person. A person also who understand others better and feels when people are in pain. A person who wants to help and make their sorrow a little lighter.
If you are being bullied... there may be little you can really do, until your environment outgrows its immaturity. What helped for me is seeking support and understanding from people who can help - but most of it you won't be able to stop and you may have to outlive it. If that is the case, make sure you stick to your true self. Know who you are and what's special about you. Your future will be bright and there comes a time you can safely take a deep breath - and move on safely. *hugs*
Quote from dA: "Spirit Day is an international event to raise awareness of bullying and help prevent it in all forms. The day was started in 2010 as a response to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth who took their lives due to bullying. To get involved, paint your avatar purple, show support for your fellow deviants, spread the word, and submit your artwork to the gallery below to honor Spirit Day!"
As a person who was once bullied, I want to be there for anybody who feels they are alone. I know that feeling just as well. Being bullied for who you are or what you do is something that needs to be stopped.
If you're a bully reading this, when you say things like "Go die in a ditch" or "Fall off a cliff", do you even think about what you're saying? It may sound funny at first until that person you picked on for having issues actually does that. It's painful for the family, friends, or anybody that actually care.
And those who do care, don't hesitate to step in. Friends aren't something that can be discarded like a broken toy. A friend is suppose to have one another's back and look out for one another. Are you afraid of getting hurt or don't want to get involved? You're not a very good friend, and you should take a good look at yourself.
As for the families, be there for them. Don't tease about the things they're being bullied about. Everybody has something they're sensitive about. Respect that.