Getting over a childhood bully can take years for some of us, if we ever manage to at all.
One Canadian artist, Meghan Lands, knows exactly how that feels, and even went so far as to look up her bully on Facebook. Well, she found her, and ended up making an unsettling discovery in the process.
She poignantly dramatized the experience in a comic:
Lands was truly shocked that many of their common friends were still Facebook friends with her tormentor, who herself had gone on to have quite a normal and happy life.
Lands discussed the process with Bored Panda, saying:
I think a lot of us do this kind of mild self-harm where we look up people who have hurt us in the past, whether on Facebook or elsewhere. I’ve certainly done it before, and since.
But Lands was able to channel it into her art, and people shared their support for her on social media:
@MeghanLands Hello! I came by an article on https://t.co/eFDWeBFfkZ and read about your comics! Was curious bout the bullies in my childhood but I don't even remember their names lol. Thought about what I would do if I went back in time with this current mind. xD— Yudine (@yudineart) June 18, 2018
Here's the poignant tale of cartoonist Meghan Lands on her quest to track down the people who tormented her in her youth https://t.co/cZe4DWTTEM— dennisgarcia (@chubiboDENNIS) June 16, 2018
@MeghanLands I just read your comic about your childhood bully, I was really touched by your work. You have a really wonderful ability to tell stories. Thank you for making comics and I can't wait to see more of your work.— Naomi Fong (@papermoonsart) June 13, 2018
Meghan reached out to the people her story touched.
Hi there,— Meghan Lands (@MeghanLands) June 13, 2018
Thanks for reading! I'm very sorry to hear about what happened to you, and the pain you're in. With regards to where you could have been, it's never too late to head in the right direction. I hope you can find the help you need to heal and feel whole.
H/T: Bored Panda