Recently I have noticed some posts on social media that I couldn’t wrap my head around. Mainly the amount of drug over doses and deaths of people I do and do not know, the bullying and awful videos that are all over social media, friends of mine saying they don’t know if they want to live anymore.. just everything.
like I have recently said on Facebook, I know I can’t change the world by myself, but my wish is truly to just be able to ease the pain a little bit when it comes to all of these terrible things in the world. I wish we could come together as a community and just talk. I am bothered by this because I have felt this way before, felt like I was drowning and nobody was there. I hate to see anyone feel that way. I plan to be there and support anyone who needs a listening ear.
I can definitely see a lot of the negativity and bad vibes that have been going viral, especially around social media. I feel like a part of the issue is that a lot of young adults and teenagers these days look for comfort in things like Facebook, etc. before reaching out to someone for help on an issue they may be going through. This often leads them to make irrational or maybe not the smartest of decisions they would have made if they would’ve solely been influenced by their own thinking.
Also, just like I have done in the past, I find it so much easier to be there for others and be a supportive person for other people yet when I am struggling the most I withdraw and would rather I guess “suffer in silence or alone”. I haven’t really figured out if this has to do with how I was raised to sort of keep my issues under wraps and I just don’t like to bother anyone, or because I’m just a private person. Nevertheless, I feel like no matter what the reasoning is, if I’ve felt like this, other young people have too.
I guess the solution lies within finding a balance- helping young people find value in expressing their voices, opinions, needs, concerns, wants, etc. in a healthy way so that they can get help when they need it. By doing this, we will be able to slowly but surely shift the kinds of things that will be going viral from gruesome discoveries to more stories of hope, healing, and compassion.
I’ve definitely had A TON of things on my mind that has been SO overwhelming. I definitely can relate about seeing all of the terrible things online and wanting to help people and having hopes that you can help even just one! Lately I’ve been overwhelmed with personal stuff, financial stuff, school stuff, legal stuff… STUFF STUFF AND MORE STUFF! ahh!
I try to remain in gratitude and focus on my HP, but, I’m a human and the weight of life has those moments of true heaviness. I think I’ve always been so used to having a lot of clamor, so I’m pretty good at putting on my warrior face and heading out for the day. I’ve pretty much been doing that lately, but ever since I started to practice more self-care, it’s been weird to take time to actually practice it.
Maybe we can consider it the challenge calling for us…? Maybe such negativity and sad things are coming to our attention with the value of further inspiring our passion to counteract and alleviate the heartache and pain out there.
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