When I was in middle school, I was bullied relentlessly.

My parents went to the assistant principal who told them, “Every class has one kid they all pick on and it looks like your son is it.”

Those years were miserable, but they forged my empathy in ways only being dragged to the edge and back can, and so today I champion any cause worth fighting because no one should have to endure the horrific struggle that comes with being “it.”

The biggest benefit of having to retreat inward and hide from a world that sees you as “lesser” is that you can focus on…