today at the assembly i learned that everyone, not just me and not just you, is going though something. whether its life threatening or not, you may never know. i learned to never judge because that person could be thinking about killing themselves. if you hear someone say they're going to take their lives, don’t say “you’re too much of a wimp to do it.”. don’t tell them “do it.”, even if you’re joking. don’t say they’re just looking for attention. don’t ignore it. worst of all, don’t give them a reason to. the suicide rate is so high, it’s unbelievable. so many people are bullied to the point where they can’t take it anymore. even at a really young age. if anyone ever tells you that they want to die, help them. give them reasons why they shouldn’t. you can help save someone’s life.
and i learned that i could never open up to just anyone. i entered the gym alone and i sat alone too. i dont have many friends.. i mean i have friends, but none that i am always attached to like i was in middle school. everyone was sitting in their groups with their friends and i sat there alone. and dan, the speaker, looked at me and said it’s okay to be alone, and its okay to be lonely. you dont always have to look cool, and you dont always have to look at your phone. I also learned the real story of rachel from columbine high school, i wish i could've meet her. She was so strong and her story has really touched me. as i looked around while he was telling her story, there were a few tears i saw fall. this movement became so real to me today and i am so glad i went, although i was alone.
I ACCEPT the challenge that rachel has given to us:
number one: eliminate prejudice by looking for the best in others.
number two: dare to dream. set goals and keep a journal.
number three: choose your influences. input determines output.
number four: use kind words! small acts of kindness and make a huge impact!
and number five: start a chain reaction with family and friends.
and the last thing i have to say is: you are all beautiful individuals. don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise.