While watching Season 2 of the Netflix phenomena "13 Reasons Why", I found myself pondering themes that went deeper than the surface of the plot. "13 Reason Why" is the story of a high school female who left behind 13 tapes to each person who she felt impacted her decision to end her own life.
Yes, I understand that the idea was a young woman who struggled and eventually gave up on herself and those around her, but I saw more to the story. I was triggered by all of the lives affected by the menial actions of others.
When you sit and truly reflect on this show, your mind can take you in a million different places. Even though the show is fictional, you find yourself connecting to the characters. Perhaps, this is because the show was written and produced in the most realistic way possible, with lines that seem as if they’ve been improvised. If you have not seen it yet, I advise you to check it out. Sometimes it’s healthy to look at the potential of our own realities from a fictional angle.
I cannot help but think about the fact that Hannah would not have died if at least one person would have been true to her. Teenagers and young adults are so fragile. They are social beings who thrive off of support systems. Once a young person has exhausted all angles, he or she begins to feel hopeless. If just one person could take the time to reach out to a lost soul in his or her life, the suicide rate across the nation, and the world as a whole, would most likely gradually decrease. It only takes one kind word to make a person’s day. That’s not too much to ask out of anyone.
I know so much about these feelings because I, like any other person who has attended high school, have gone through those rough phases of loneliness and hopelessness. Luckily, college life has been a complete 360 for me. The saddest part is that some people don’t make it to college. They don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, and they cut their mortal experience short. We as a culture and a community more often than not practice selfish ventures. We let this happen to those around us by not blinking an eye at their adversities, and in some cases, even contribute to them.
I did not write this article in order to be cynical or point fingers. I simply wrote it to remind everyone that kindness goes the longest way, even when we think it is a fruitless endeavor. Never forget to be a friend to someone in need. Stand up for the weak, even when it sacrifices your own identity and “popularity” status. All of those are social constructs. Love and affection trumps them all.