So many things on my mind….

Where do I begin?

 I’ve been thinking about a lot of things. ADD kind of contributes to that. I think of everything all day long. 

  I think of flips and tricks like they’re happening in the classroom, and I can literally imagine TV shows playing in front of me. It gets a little distracting, but I manage. Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why is on the top of my mind as we speak.

   I just finished the latest season of the show, and let me tell you- it’s chaotic. Hannah Baker, a girl who committed suicide in high school, makes tapes telling her peers how they contributed to her death. Stories are told through flashbacks, and difficult topics such as bullying, depression, suicide, rape, and drug-addiction are displayed. 

  Why do they make such a spectacle of topics that many writers and producers steer clear of? The success of the show proves how much we want – and need – stories that support us in making sense of how our lives are, how our lives were, and how our lives might be. 

  Suicide is a serious public health problem among all age groups. Among the youth it exacts a vast toll due to the substantial years of potential life lost. 

  13 Reasons Why, although it gets plenty of backlash, is one of the most popular shows on Netflix. It has left a massive impact on many of its viewers because of the truthful view on what’s happening in today’s society. 

  Many writers, especially for young adult shows, dodge suicide because of its difficult subject matter, but the reality of suicide is exactly that…sad. Having just had a suicide in my family, you wish that you could’ve helped in some way. You almost feel guilty for going on with your life, even if you didn’t know that they felt that way. 

  On the show, Hannah’s family and many of her peers feel the guilt of her death while others lack remorse. They show everyone’s candid reactions, showing that some didn’t really care for her life. 

  Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24, behind car crashes. Over 50% of people who commit suicide used a firearm. Naturally, in the US, firearms are much easier to come by than other countries, hence their relative popularity in the US as a suicide method.

  Why do we authorize these weapons? The Second Amendment was made in a time where, besides war, mass shootings and school shootings were not happening. People back at that time didn’t have a clue that things like this were going to occur, so why do we keep this outdated rule?