As you may have read in Amelia’s blog we binge watched 13 Reasons Why this past week and wow. Just wow. This show was a lot to take in and left me feeling sad wanting to cry, at a loss for words and let me tell you that doesn’t happen very often and wanting to puke. It was a literal punch to the face. It was a lot at once. It made you feel all the emotions and wanting more. Here’s what this show revealed to me.
1. Don’t keep quiet
If something went wrong or someone wronged you don’t keep quiet about it. In the wise words of Elle Woods, “Speak up America. Speak up!”
2. I killed Hannah Baker
As we neared the end of the show it got me thinking. I killed Hannah Baker. We ALL killed Hannah Baker. I’ve been the mean girl who has made a sly comment. I can be so sarcastic. I have stood and watched bullying happen. Maybe I even laughed with the crowd. But guys, no more this has to stop.
3. We all need a friend
Ecclesiastes 4:9&10 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” We need friendships. We need people there to talk to, cry and laugh with. We are not meant to endure this life alone.
4. There are people out there who care even if you feel alone
I can assure you that there is someone who loves you and cares. If it isn’t a parent it’s a friend. Even when we feel the most lonely, unlovable, dark I can promise you this you have a God who cares and will fill that void and unacceptance you feel. Not all people are judging you or out to hurt you even when it feels like it. We are guaranteed to have bad days but don’t let the bad consume you.
5. Don’t judge others
We have NO idea what others have going on. So for goodness sake think about others. They have a heart that beats in their chest just like you do. They have feelings and you have no idea how bad their back story, home life, or just their day is. So why not try being nice because you never know what could be someone’s breaking point.
6. Think about others
This kinda goes with judging others, but just get out of your own selfish ambitions and pride and think about the other people living on this planet. The day you realize this life isn’t all about you is the day you finally open your eyes and will see things clearly.
7. Jesus is better
The entire show I was just waiting hoping someone would share The Gospel with Hannah. Finding love in humans will fail you every time. Looking for your worth and acceptance in earthly flesh will leave you feeling alone and empty. Trust me, i’ve done it. Christ’s love is enough.
8. It’s okay to feel
I’ll be honest. I hate emotions they’re messy and can lead to a lot of hurt so why not just push them down and ignore them. Don’t. We were created to feel. It’s okay to be sad and cry it’s okay to be happy.
9. Bullying is never okay
Seriously it’s not. Just be nice it’s honestly not that hard. Being mean should not be the cool thing to do. So let’s stop making it cool.
10. Don’t listen to the rumors
Gossip is so real y’all and we can be the ones to stop it. We do not have to be a part of it. We don’t. We can simply stop listening to it and not spread it. So let’s try it together. #stopthegossip
11. It gets better
A bad day is not a bad life. It does get better. Life is kinda like being sick, it gets worse before it gets better. The question is how will you deal with those bad days?
12. Be better
Be the change. Be nice. Start a chain reaction. Maybe your smile or your kind words will change someone’s mindset or bad day.
13. We’re all in this together
We share this planet. So let’s get a long. Treat others and this earth the way you want to be treated.
Sorry this was another list but, 13 lessons from 13 reasons… I had to do it. I hope you enjoyed it and you should consider watching the show. Thanks for reading see you in a week!