Your best friend who moved away last year has returned to your hometown. You plan a nice indoor picnic for you to reconnect and have some fun. They call, tired, explaining how long the drive was and how they “really wanted to but have to reschedule.”
Carefully, you place the cheese platter and the salami back in your fridge, having to make room by throwing out half of your own birthday cake from last Wednesday. You worry that the half-cake now in your trash can will attract ants but realize that there is nothing you can do about it because the garbage-men don’t come for another four days.
It’s midday and you wish your friend was here so you could remember what fun times you used to have. Shaking the feeling off, you head outside and start walking through your neighborhood. It’s fall and severely windy. You shiver through the gusts and embrace the sun’s gaze. You wish you had brought your jacket to put over your plain grey sweatshirt.
A lady walking a dog passes by you. You make room for her and her pup, moving uneasily to the grass as the dog yelps at your feet. You want to say Good Afternoon, establish some sort of human connection, even to a stranger, but she has already moved past you. The cold covers up the terrible feeling in the pit of your stomach.
Upset at yourself for the terrible decision to walk without a coat, you turn around awkwardly at the street corner and head back home. Several minutes pass until you again spot the lady walking her dog. She approaches you, and for the first time you miraciously have the confidence to take a long look at her face. She is smiling genuinely. You smile back. You kneel to pet her dog. It’s your favorite breed and you tell her that. She smiles again, introduces herself and you do the same. The sun bursts through the clouds and your phone vibrates from deep within your pocket. It’s your old friend and they have changed their mind, now ready to come over to your place, if that’s alright with you.
- That zit on your cheek literally does not matter
- Skipping class one time will not ruin your entire life
- The boy you’re trying so hard to impress will mean nothing to you in a year
- Bring coffee to school and ignore people who make fun of it
- Bring a snack, too. Don’t care if people hear you eating in class.
- Being popular isn’t and will never be something that seriously defines who you are
- Appreciate your teachers
- Doing/not doing drugs doesn’t make you cooler than anyone else.
- Neither does drinking
- Talk to the kid sitting alone; even though it may not change your life it could drastically change theirs
- Participate in school events
- Wear sweatpants everyday
- Or wear a dress everyday
- Wear whatever makes you comfortable
- Nobody will laugh at you if you sit alone at your lunch table for five minutes
- Utilize the library
- Don’t wait 20 minutes to text someone back just to seem cool
- Tell your friends how much you love them
- Cherish your free textbooks… seriously
- Help confused freshmen, be nice to them. Remember how much you would have appreciated it a couple years ago
- Compliment the other girls in the bathroom
- That fight you had with your mom really isn’t that big of a deal
- It’s okay to cry
- Don’t let your desire for a romantic relationship stop you from forming platonic relationships
- Remember that life does go on
Just remember in about 40 seconds someone is about to commit suicide as we sit here blogging. This post goes out to the teens who took and will take their lives. Please just reblog this post to recognize them and don’t question whether or not you should. I promise it won’t ruin your blog type.
This goes out not only to the teens, but anyone who has thought about suicide or is feeling suicidal.