I Felt Numb After Watching 13 Reasons Why

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For those of you who have been living under a rock with Patrick Star, Selena Gomez has produced a Netflix original series — an adaptation of the Jay Asher novel, 13 Reasons Why. The entire plot revolves around suicide. If you are sensitive to this issue, consider this a trigger warning, in which case, please do not read on. Also *SPOILER ALERT* if you haven’t seen/completed the show.

This post is a response to this article written by a psychotherapist.

Can You Find the Mystery in This Video?

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I found this video to be so cute initially…until I watched till the end. Keep your eyes peeled while watching this and try to find the hidden message throughout, before it is revealed.

SPOILER ALERT BELOW

It’s always important to determine the early signs of violent behavior and address it before it is too late. Anger is one of those things that doesn’t go away if it is ignored or bottled up in your heart. The grudges keep building up until one day, you just explode and let out those feelings, and not in a good way. Cry if you have to. You aren’t pathetic or weak because you cry. I know I do it a lot when I am stressed. I promise you will only feel better afterwards. Talking to a friend or someone who wants to help is a good idea. Seeing a professional can be even better if you feel like you can trust one better than someone you already know. If you need anything at all or just someone to talk to, feel free to email me and we can chat there. You can find my email in the “About Me” tab of my blog.

I recently started watching the Scream TV series, which is about a serial killer who strategically plots the murders of the main character’s friends to ultimately get to her. I won’t reveal anything just in case you want to watch. I absolutely love this show, but it got me thinking about real life serial killers. No one is born with deranged thoughts. Even Ted Bundy was brought up by wonderful parents. He was never bullied, sexually assaulted, abused, or tormented in any way. He developed these graphic thoughts over time with exposure to pornography and various other sources, as he says in an interview hours before his execution. So the point is, talking to someone about how you are feeling is always a good idea. If it’s someone else you are worried about, approach them in a comforting and nonjudgemental way.

Throwback to Extreme Makeover

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Does anyone remember this show?

I used to watch this as a kid and would tear up EVERY SINGLE TIME. Such wonderful memories of sitting on the living room couch with my family and watching beautiful people make a difference in people’s lives. It was disheartening to find out all the problems and criticism associated with this show. First off, the home owners were struggling financially as it is, and with extravagant houses like these (that I am sure not even the upper middle class family can afford), they were unable to pay for them and some even went into foreclosure.

The show would mainly reach out to family’s with a rare disorder and the program’s casting agent would send out emails saying, “There are only 17 known cases in US – let me know if one is in your town!” According to critics, they say that the show only wanted to find these rare cases to boost their show ratings. That kinda stinks, huh?

I think critic will be critics. These people took out valuable time and a load of money to rebuild the homes of people in need. The houses may have been a bit too extravagant but I think they did it out of the kindness of their hearts. All they wanted to see was a shocked reaction from the family, and they got it.

Moral of the story is, do your thing and be generous no matter what people say. It is the thought that counts (or action rather). But yes, be practical about it. Don’t go broke to help someone.