'The Bachelor' Contestant Olivia Caridi Jokes About Her Elimination

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Getting dumped is tough. But getting dumped on national television and then left alone on an island in the rain while your ex walks off with another woman is even tougher.

Still, after that happened to Olivia Caridi on "The Bachelor," she's managed to laugh about the experience, joking on Instagram that a friend rented a kayak and saved her from a life of tropical solitude.

"It was very cold out there for a while, I just made a tent with some of the rocks near the blowhole and slept near some sea crabs and turtles for comfort and friendship," she wrote, alongside a beaming photo of herself and her friend. "I caught fish with my hands for meals. It was very difficult. But my friend just anchored near the shore days later and we floated back to the mainland during sunset. It was idyllic."

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Caridi, a 23-year-old journalist who made several enemies in the house during her time on the ABC reality TV show, also hit back at critics who said hurtful things about her. Saying that their words "made me stronger than ever before," she encouraged viewers to think twice before writing disparaging comments online.

"The girls on this show see your comments and they have feelings," she wrote. "Words hurt, and they kill, too. Don't be mean behind the screen. #AntiBullyingMonth."

Still, she said doesn't regret the experience, and she thanked her fans and friends for their support.

"This has been one of the most interesting experiences of my life," she wrote. "I've learned a lot about myself. Good things and tough lessons. We're all human. We make mistakes. Learn from them. Let them make you wiser. Be imperfect, flawed, and quirky. And own it. Never trade your authenticity for approval. Don't be afraid to stand alone. Anyway, rant over. Can't wait for adventures ahead!"