The best stories are ones that make you sit back and think and inspire you to rethink your own actions and, better yet, your reactions.
She doesn’t look like a typical American girl. Along with her T-shirt and yoga pants, she wears a turban and has noticeable facial hair as a side effect from unusual hormone levels in her teenage years.
“I’m not sure what to conclude from this,” wrote the person who posted the picture.
Hundreds of people ridiculed the way Balpreet looked in the photo before a friend showed her the site.
She decided to make a comment of her own, and shocked some with her response.
“If the OP (original poster) wanted a picture, they could have just asked and I could have smiled,” she wrote. “However, I’m not embarrassed or even humiliated by the attention [negative and positive] that this picture is getting because, it’s who I am.”
She went on to graciously and politely explain that she looked the way she did as an expression of her faith.
She went on to say that she appreciated all the comments because she could learn about herself and others from them, and apologized for possibly saying something that hurt anyone.
It’s not often that a bully is confronted by the one they’re picking on in a way that is patient and kind.
Hundreds of comments flooded in telling Balpreet what an awesome person she is and that they wish they could be like her.
The bully responded four days later with an apology for Balpreet and her faith, and said they exchanged emails and planned to meet.
“Balpreet, I’m sorry for being a closed minded individual,” the anonymous writer commented. “You are a much better person than I am. Sikhs, I’m sorry for insulting your culture and way of life. Balpreet’s faith in what she believes is astounding.”
Can you imagine how much nicer the world would be if we all responded to rudeness this way? In one of the counter-intuitive lessons life is so famous for throwing our way, we have something to learn from a young college student.