To This Day

~Courtney Cash 

“If you can’t find anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror, look a little closer, stare a little longer.”

Recently we watched a video called “To This Day” by a Canadian poet named Shane Koyczan about bullying. The whole video had many meaningful messages, but the quote above will stay with me forever.

There is a message that Shane is trying to tell us, and I think that the message is to inform people about bullying, and to be aware. Also, to believe in yourself, and don’t let people bring you down.

 I have some connections.  One is about the Amanda Todd story. Amanda Todd killed herself because she was being bullied. This went viral, and people are still talking about it, and there is even a song about it called “Wonder Woman” by Elise Estrada. Another is I say things that I don’t mean to, and everybody does the same thing. You just might not think it. But it’s true. 

There are a lot of things that are not going to leave my head after watching this. But some of them are the sign that they taped on the girl’s desk saying “Beware of dog.” This made me super shocked. How would you like to be referred to as a dog?
Also, the girl that was in 3rd grade got called ugly on the first day of school because of a birth mark that covered a little less than half her face. That made me really mad, because everyone is beautiful and we need to look deeper than skin.

 To This Day people continue to say mean things, tease people, and make the wrong choices, when I know the same people think that this needs to stop, talk a lot about it, and they say things like “I don’t like this,” and “This needs to stop because lots of people are getting hurt from it physically, and mentally,” But yet the people who say that, do it too, and they still continue to. And nobody realizes. 

So think about this more, and take another close look in the mirror, and say to yourself, “Is this really who you are, and is this really who you want to be?”
Also, don’t think that you need to fit in with everybody to like you, don’t care what other people think of you. You are different, and the world would be so boring if everyone was perfect. You are the star that lights up your world, and don’t forget that. 

3/15/2013 02:39:33 am

I think you have some very deep connections in there and you totally understand the concept of the video we watched!!!


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