Bullying is often more than just embarrassment, and I don't exactly believe you when you say you've thanked your bullies, but that's neither here nor there.
Again, I was not bully'd. I was not mistreated like she was. I am NOT comparing my experience to her's. At all. You brought it up. All I am saying is that I thanked them, which was your point. I remember not liking them at all at the time but, I also used what they said as motivation.
How can I be clear? My intent was not and is not to condone, tacitly or otherwise, bullying. My intent was to use lifes unpleasant moments as motivation for self improvement, which this kid did.
Bullying happens. It just does. It happens in nature. ALL the time. As humans, we're capable of making the best of it and moving on. The difference is nature doesn't do it with any malice. Kids, people, can be AWFUL. I get that. However, I just see a positive here and I did not mean to strike a raw nerve.