Speak Up: Make A Change

Hey guys, it’s Michelle! I missed my last post because, well… I’m going to be honest with you guys. I forgot. I have to admit I DID remember, but when it was late in the evening and by then I was too tired to write a post. I blame school. Anyway, our last theme of the year (*gasp*) is a recap of 2015.

It’s the end of another year, what usually means resolutions for the next one. But what if we all set some resolutions together, for the entire world to follow? Of course, they can’t really be accomplished within one year, but it never hurts to try.

We need to start being kind to each other. We need to stop discriminating people because of the colour of their skin, their gender, their sexuality or their religion and beliefs. We need to stop looking down on others and treat each other like equals. We are all human and to quote High School Musical: we’re all in this together. I’m not saying we should all start a musical (because let’s face it, that would be a disaster since most of us can’t sing), but we need to stop treating each other like dirt. Stop discriminating. Stop bullying. Stop hurting each other on purpose. It’s impossible not to hurt other people sadly, but it is possible to stop doing so intentionally.

Of course we don’t always realise that what we said is hurtful, so we also need to speak up against one another. Even if that person wasn’t talking to you, say something. Help those that are being looked down on, discriminated and bullied. Stand up to the bullies. I know it’s scary. I’ve been there. It took me years to stand up for myself, let alone for others, but if one of us stands up, we can all stand up together.

Protect each other. Be kind to each other. Stand up for yourself and others. Speak up. 

And keep in mind: don’t bully back. That won’t solve the problem. Don’t scoop down to that level. Talk to them. You don’t know what’s going on inside the bully’s mind. I’m not saying that whatever is going on in their life, excuses their behaviour, but talking to them, making them realise that bullying won’t solve anything and is a big problem, may do a lot. Make them realise how they affect their victims. Make them realise what they’re really doing.

Smile at each other. Give each other compliments. Don’t feel awkward. Don’t feel shy. Who knows what that person has gone through, what’s on their mind, how they’re feeling. That one smile, that one gesture of kindness, that one compliment; it can turn their day around. It can save them. 

Of course there are so many other resolutions I’d like to set. I wish we could just end all the misery in the world, but being kind, stopping bullying and discrimination, standing up, that’s something we all can do.

So who’s with me? Let’s start being kind to each other. Let’s speak up. Let’s make a change.

Michelle is an 18-year old book and writing blogger who blogs at The Writing Hufflepuff, where she also talks about personal things and other interests. You can also tweet her at @writingbadger.


2 thoughts on “Speak Up: Make A Change

  1. Josephine says:

    This is wonderful. A resolution all of us can easily and SHOULD take on, every single year! It’s so true. We are all in this together, we are all humans and we all deserve to be treated the same, no matter colour or race or religion or any other factor that distinguishes people from one another!
    Loved this post.

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