Tell me if this sounds familiar. You're on social media scrolling through new comments people have made on your newest post about your most recent riding lesson, or horse show or just a moment with your horse that made you smile. Among the heart reacts, the "good jobs" and the "you look amazing" comments you see some writing that isn't quite so friendly. The bullies are out full force and they're not playing around. You reply to a couple of their "Poor horse", "Stop bouncing around in the saddle" and "Get a bigger horse" comments because you want to put them in their place and show them that bullying is never ok.
Their response? "You posted this on a public forum and I have the right to comment whatever I want". Ok, yes, we all know that freedom of speech is a thing, but I find it very disconcerting when people justify being cruel with "well I said it because I can." That is an extremely toxic mindset. People hide behind their computer screens and feel like they're invincible and can say anything they want to without any consequences.
Would these bullies have the, excuse my language, balls to say any of this to someone's face? Probably not, but because they are hidden they feel like they have the privilege's and right to say anything they want.
Tell me what you think. Do you feel that freedom of speech and the anonymity of the internet give people the right to bully? Do you feel that by posting content in public that we are asking for the bullies to come at us?
Personally I don't. Unhappy people project their unhappiness onto others. Bullies are miserable in some way in their own lives and they feel the need to make others miserable as well. Remember that when you open insta or tik tok and see those mean, degrading words. They do not have any right to bully you. All you need to do is feel sorry for them and move on. They're not worth anymore of your time then that!