No one is immune to bullying, not even Willie Nelson. It’s hard to know how to talk to children about ignoring bullies, but Nelson offers up some sound advice. In an episode entitled Hey Willie from the online series Great Big Story, Nelson shares his own experiences of childhood bullying and how he overcame it.
Though he was born in Texas, Nelson grew up in Arkansas and was raised by his grandparents. Not only did his grandparents get him involved in music, they also taught him some valuable lessons about ignoring hate from others.
In the video, Nelson explains that as a kid, he picked him nose all the time. This made him an easy target for bullies. A poem that his grandmother frequently read to him inspired a new method of thinking.
“What are you looking at me for? I ain’t got nothing to say,” the poem reads. “If you don’t like the looks of me, you can just look the other way.”
Even as a young boy, Nelson was able to appreciate the meaning of the poem and started using it as a self-motto of sorts. That’s a pretty smart kid!
Nelson also talks in the video about the importance of doing what your conscious leads you to do. He’s always been a big proponent of people following their passions, as well as helping others. “I feel like we’re all responsible for each other,” he explains in the video.