Have you ever encountered a bully? It is the worst feeling when you’re singled out or outnumbered by someone who only wants to make you feel miserable. Embarrassment, self-consciousness, second-guessing yourself; we have all been there at some point. So what are your options? If you’re in school, I recommend reporting it to a guidance counselor or a teacher first to sort out the issue. You shouldn’t ever feel ashamed or as though you are a “tattle-tale” because you have done nothing wrong. All you want to do is be comfortable in your environment without having to tolerate a bully’s unnecessary behavior. If that doesn’t work or you are an adult like me who doesn’t have the option of going to an authority figure, I have two other suggestions; either confront or ignore the person. By confronting them, you are letting your bully know that you are not intimidated by them and are not going to put up with their hatefulness any longer. Approach the person and be direct and honest. I guarantee you will throw that person off guard, because a bully is a person who needs to feel inferior at all times. They pick on people that they are jealous of or consider to be “weak”, but by confronting them, you are taking control of the situation. Another viable alternative that works is to just ignore them. Yes, it may be easier said than done, but disregard everything they do and pretend as if that person does not exist. No one likes to be ignored, and in time the bully will become bored and move on. It is awful that there are people out there who are so miserable in their own lives that they need to pick on others. Keep a positive attitude and know that you are not alone.