Shane Koyczan: To This Day… for the bullied and beautiful

By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it’s like to be young and … different. “To This Day,” his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video (created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators). Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory and violin accompaniment by Hannah Epperson.

As you’d know people have something to say about almost every one of us. But the issue is when people try to label you on various bases that are very myopic. Of course one has to develop the skills of tolerating bully. But very seldom the system teaches you that.

There may be millions of them just like him and his story. Called names, bullied, harassed, labeled and so on. What could’ve happened to them? How many would’ve fought against it and failed the bullies and how many would’ve got caught in it?

There are many ways of dealing with bullies. Find your own strategy. Make sure you know your worth and it’s not what others tell you what you are.