Wednesday, August 2, 2017

I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized, I am somebody...


I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. But then I realized I am somebody... 

The world is full of things we wish we could change. Sometimes we think the world's issues are too big for us. We think, “I could never fix that.” But the truth is you can. We are all guilty of blaming others for the problems of the world. I am constantly hearing adults complain on radio and television, saying things like, “someone needs to fix the country!” or “someone needs to end world hunger!” "someone needs to fix this or that!” But seriously. Think about this. Everyone is a somebody. You, no matter how young you are, can change our world for the better. 

In this post I will be writing about three issues that our generation faces, that have really been on my mind and heart lately, as well as things we, as young adults, can do to prevent them. 


Suicide//

Depression, anxiety, harassment, rape, bullying. abuse and suicide are real things. I won't deny that these things are an everyday reality for some teens living in the twenty first century. I, personally have never experienced depression or suicidal thoughts. Probably the reason for this being I have been home schooled my whole life and have never had to deal with the issues kids in public school have to deal with. But I know people who are public schooled and about how they are affected, by these real, raw issues everyday. Specifically to this post, I'm talking about suicide. 

There is suicide prevention month, hot lines, commercials and billboards. But what are people actually doing to prevent suicide in teenagers?

Adults say they want to prevent suicide in teens. They say they want to help, but then they go produce things like '13 Reasons Why'. I've never seen this show, nor do I have a desire to, but from all the things the news is saying about the recently released Netflix TV series, 13 Reasons Why, its pretty much a dramatic step-by-step guide on how to commit suicide with a whole bunch of other questionable stuff thrown in. I've even read that there have been several young people reported (like 14 and 15 year old's), who have committed suicide after watching 13 Reasons Why. I just don't understand people who say they want to prevent these awful things, but they turn around and produce trash for their teens, that is causing them serious harm. This isn't really something I would expect from people like Selena Gomez who is suppose to be kid friendly, and “a good role model for kids.”

Instead of producing shows that depict graphic suicide scenes, death, depression, anxiety, drugs and unhealthy relationships, why don't they produce shows that show teens their full potential? Why can there be people out there who show teens that they can rise above depression and live, not completely problem free, but happily, and confident in themselves and who they are. These teens just want to feel needed and wanted by their peers and its sad when supposed “friends” can make other kids feel so unwanted, ugly, socially outcast etc. that they would go kill themselves. 13 Reasons Why just makes some teens everyday reality into a dramatized temptation of death and how its “better” than staying alive and having to deal with trash at school and at home. This show is an encouragement to try suicide, not something that draws kids away from suicide. 

If adults won't fix this, we should. That probably doesn't mean we are going to go make our own TV show, but there are little things we can do for our friends who might be suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts. For starters, just let them know you care. We never know what a peer might have going on in their lives. They may have situations at home or emotions that we don't even know about. We might not know their problems causing their depression, but we can make them feel loved just the same. Text them and ask them if they want to get together with you and your friends, let them know you are there for them if they ever need to talk. Tell them you love them and want the best for them. If adults as well as teens just showed people love, we could really lower the suicide numbers in America. 


Abortion//

Yeah I know, here comes another pro-life speech. And with it comes a whole bunch of negative comments from people I don't even know. But I don't care, about how many negative comments people leave on this post. Someone needs to speak up about it. 

I recently read in a new article about a mother in Arizona who pushed her 17 month old daughter in a stroller, into the dessert on the largest American Indian reservation in the nation, and left her to die in the heat. She eventually was sentenced to prison for 20 years for the murder of her child. The prosecutor of her case was quoted, “The child was no doubt afraid and in physical distress, needing the one person who is supposed to care for her the most, that being the mother. 20 years is simply not enough.” The U.S District Judge, David Campbell said that the mother had committed an “intentional, cold-hearted, horrendous killing of an innocent child.” 

This made me sooo mad. Not only about this mother just leaving her child to die, but also about what the judge and prosecutor said. They called this act of heartlessness by a mother, words like “horrendous”, “cold-hearted”, “intentional” and “murder”, which is true, but what I don't get is the hypocrisy in this statement. This baby girl was 17 months old. Her mother left her in a dessert to die. People call it horrible, cruel, and say that a 20 year sentence isn't enough, but they turn around and fight for abortion. What is the difference between this case and that of a seven-teen year old girl who goes into a clinic to have her baby murdered for free after having irresponsible sex with her boyfriend? I don't get this at all. That 17 month old baby's heart was beating. So was that girl's baby who was murdered by abortion. These children don't deserve to die, and these adults who defend women's rights to have abortions don't deserve to get away with this double standard. Is this justice? Is this really what our country is coming to? 

As common as abortion is in our world, there are still things we can do about it that can make a big difference. As I write this, it brings to mind, Faith's post about being pro-life. It was such a touching story about how her family decided to take in a baby who's mother was going to have an abortion. Faith and her family did something about this. It would be nice if there was more people out there who cared enough to the point that they would take other peoples kids into their own homes to save them from a "horrendous, cold-hearted, intentional" murder. But don't you see? We can be those people to. Even if you're just a kid and can't take in a baby, you could go to an pro-life rally in your town, do the 40 Days of Prayer, or get involved at your local pregnancy care center, and most importantly you can pray for the thousands of women who have abortions every day, that they would realize the truth about abortion. Also, for those of us as bloggers, we have a platform. We have an audience that reads what we put out there. What better way to get the word out that to speak up about these issues?


YA Fiction// 

The whole “Rebellion Against YA” thing has been going on in the blog-spheare for a long time. I've loved reading all your rants about Young Adult fiction. Its amazing and soooo exciting  to see my blogger friends doing something about the young adult fiction adults are giving teens to read these days. Its also really sad that us teenagers have to fix this problem ourselves. It just shows us that adults really have low expectations of us. The things that are included in YA fiction now days are issues like rebellion against parents, drugs, irresponsibility, sneaking out, and underage drinking. Adult authors think they are getting down on our level, and that these issues are things that connect with teenagers, but seriously? We can handle so much more. We can handle topics like war and peace, love and hate, pain and joy. Those big topics from the history of our world that would influence us for the better if only they were given to us. These topics might be a little rough, but will impact our lives for good in the end, and possibly change the way we view the world and the people around us. 

So many teens are doing so much about this. I recently finished Camp Nano July, and it was so encouraging to see everyone in my cabin striving for the common goal of producing clean YA for fellow youths. Its just so cool and gets me all hyped up and super excited about my own novel that I am working on as well as everyone else's. I think we are all doing something life changing for the next generation. So, never give up. Keep writing and editing and sending in your manuscripts to publishers because we are making history with our words. 
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If you didn't get anything out of this post, please get this. We are all difference makers. No matter if you are 10 or 25 or 75, we can all do something to make our world a better place. What will you do? 

What are some of the issues that you would like to change about our world?

How can you change them for the better? 

-Clara 

26 comments:

  1. I loved this post so much. <33 Good on you for taking the time to write up this. Just basically - yes to this all.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jane! I appreciate your support! <3

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  2. Hello, Clara! It's been awhile since I've actually had some pretty deep thoughts ongoing for a post, so here it goes.

    I was chatting with a friend of mine yesterday about the irony that today's society has, compared to maybe around the 1980s or so, we have tried to become more aware and have censored certain topics. If they hit children's ears, then the negative response hits right away, about how we shouldn't say those things and that it's wrong, and so forth. But going onto modern times. As adults, people almost fall hypocritical because everything that they've been taught as a kid that's bad is glorified: drugs, drinking, sex, etc. It's been exposed to the point that almost all of the pre-established aspects shielding children away from said topics have stripped away. See the strange relationship here?

    I'm not going to lie: drugs happen, teenagers cuss, and sex occurs. All of these happen in real life, unfortunately enough, even if we don't see them in our own towns. Again, it all comes down to because society glorifies these things. A book has two people doing *insert bad thing here*?

    Okay, fine-- as long as it shows the consequences. All of these activities have consequences, but they're hardly ever shown and because of that ignorance gets tossed into the mixed. People don't know how those actions can take a downward turn. People have to start become more educated, and right now, there are only two ways to do start prevention to stop it from being continuously glorified: education and awareness. They're both kind of the same thing, but they both stand important. And like you said, we can handle more: good clashing with evil.

    On the same token, I think society should also stop shoving problems away when they don't know how to deal with them. I have friends who deal with depression and anxiety, and they despise it when people tell them, "Oh, they'll get over it." First of all, the person who knows best as to what's going on inside of their head is themselves. Mental illness differs from physical illness or injury, so we need to stop look at both like they're the same. This is another problem I see, but we're now getting off-tangent.

    Thank you for writing a thought-provoking post!!! Sorry if my points were confusing or didn't make sense. >.<

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

    P.S. I kind of tagged you for something and also, if you'd like to join the yearbook again, it's up on my blog.

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    1. Yesss, I agree! These things are all a reality for teens all over the world. It really stinks there has to be so much sin and hate in our society today, but like you said, its up to us to make people aware about things like suicide, and its also up to us to make a difference for the better or not. Thank you for your comment, girl! <3

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  3. So much yes to everything in this post. There are so many things wrong with the world, but nearly all of society is addressing it the wrong way. Either they ADDRESS it, but in the wrong way, (I was excited for 13 Reasons Why, but then they failed miserably. so. *derp*) or ignore it completely and it just gets worse.

    Thank you for writing this!

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    1. I totally agree with you, Hanne! Society is addressing these things the wrong way, or they are simply ignoring them, only hoping they will go away if they don't pay attention. Thanks for your thoughts!

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  4. This is soooo good. My sister actually just told me about 13 Reasons Why and how it's almost supporting suicide. She felt convicted to end our subscription to Netflix because when we pay our monthly fee we're actually giving money and supporting that Netflix original. At first, I kinda agreed but not with a very good attitude but after this post I feel convicted also.

    This is really good. Clara, you're making a change in this world right now by telling us this <3 Thank you!

    Ellie
    www.uniquelyyou1.blogspot.com

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    1. Wow,that is so great that your sister/family has taken a stand against that! I imagine that ending your Netflix subscription would be a hard thing, but I'm sure it must feel rewarding also to know you took a stand! That is so great! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Ellie! <3

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  5. I agree with everything you've said in this post. I love that we, as writers, have the power to change things and make a difference. (makes me want to go work on my novel now!) Beautiful post. <33

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    1. Yessss, totally! Good luck on your novel, girl! <3

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  6. Hey Clara!
    Your post blessed me so much! I see such a need for us as teens and young adults to rise up above this world's expectations of us and be who we were created to be - world changers.
    Thank you for this. Keep shining your gorgeous light!

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    1. Awww thanks, Kara! That means so much to me, coming from you! <3<3<3

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  7. Although I disagree with some of this I absolutely love this post. It points out so many horrible but really real things that are happening every day. So many know that there are problems but they think they can't change it even though they can. Doing something small can even make a difference. This was really well written post. :)

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl

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    1. Thank you so much for your feedback, Nabila! I totally agree. Even something small can change the world for the better. We can all make a difference! Thanks for commenting! <3

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  8. Clara, a post like this one is so powerful. Sometimes it's hard to take a side and say what you think but doing so is a very mature thing to be doing. I'm proud of people like you because people like you help encourage people to think more than they would if they didn't read a post like this. Way to go, you rock!

    I know there are so many problems with the world. The one I am paying more attention to, as you may know, is self love. Self love ties into the whole suicide topic you are talking about. Without self love it would be harder for teens watching shows like 13 reasons to go on with life. It's not right for people to make shows like that one.

    Something I am doing is simply being there for anyone who needs a little support. In a world so demanding and stressful one of the most wonderful things you can do for someone is being there.

    Loved this post. Keep writing and thinking of things like these!

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting, Vanessa! <3 What you said is so encouraging to me! Love ya! <3

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  9. Amazing post, Clara! I was inspired just by reading this, and you pointed out some areas where young people really can- and should- make a difference. Thank you for writing this. <3

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    1. Awww thanks for commenting and sharing your thoughts, Emily! <3

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  10. I love this post!! I agree completely with everything you wrote! We need less talk and more action. We can all change the world by doing something about it - small or big.

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    1. Yess, I totally agree! Less talk and more action!

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  11. This is the most awesome post I've read in a while, and these things are important. Thanks for speaking up about it so eloquently, and inspiring us all onward and upward. Don't give up, girl! xx

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    1. Ohhh my gosh, Jessica! You have no idea how much your comment has inspired me! <3 Thank you! <3<3<3

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  12. Okay...this post is SO awesome. I hear people saying similar things about the way their body looks or the fact that they feel unhealthy. Perhaps there are circumstantial things that I do not understand, but a lot of times, we are the only ones who can make ourselves healthier. Eating healthier, exercising and what not can do SO much for ourselves. It's just that we have to start making the steps and being INTENTIONAL. Just like anything, too much of an obsession over it would be unhealthy of course.
    Anyways, I love what you said here. "This baby girl was 17 months old. Her mother left her in a dessert to die. People call it horrible, cruel, and say that a 20 year sentence isn't enough, but they turn around and fight for abortion. What is the difference between this case and that of a seven-teen year old girl who goes into a clinic to have her baby murdered for free"

    Abortion tears my heart apart. I have heard from people circumstances where the baby is going to kill the mother, and if they kill the baby, at least she would end up living. It's just such a sad thing to purposefully kill the baby and man, it would be a hard situation to be in if I was in that specific situation, but I guess I would have to know that God wants me to let the baby have a chance to live, and if that means I die too...it's some tough stuff.
    But I know that I would make the choice to save a baby NO MATTER what, and I really want to encourage people to do the same thing. Babies are such a precious gift from God.

    Thanks for this post <3

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    1. The world has got so many things wrong...Its pretty sad to talk about things like abortion and self image, but its encouraging to know that we can do a small part in changing things for the better even if we aren't able to stop all the problems of the world. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and opening your heart! <3<3<3

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  13. I love your attitude, Clara. I read so much in the news that angers me, and there is so much injustice in the world I would like to see corrected. I realize I can only do what I can do--but with so many working for evil, it's important I try to do some work for good. Glad to see your determination to make a difference.

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    1. I agree completely! Thank you for your comment, Bethany!

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