Forgiveness, selflessness, and influence.

Being a teenager in this time is hard. If you, reader, could take a moment to look around your computer screen, what would you see that’s influential in any way?

There may be Facebook open, where you know that you can communicate with people worlds away. If you’re using a web browser, it may be Google Chrome. Is this because others use it and believe it’s the best? The question becomes this — what might be influencing you without you thinking about it? For many, influences make or break the decisions that one may make on a regular basis. One real example for me is this:

“That guy over there is a total idiot. I hear he doesn’t care about anything other than him.”

If this guy we are talking about is my friend, does this mean that I’m going to push him away, or defend him? For being a teenager myself, I have had this thought cross my mind many times. I the end, I look at it in this sense — this guy might be a total idiot towards others, but he hasn’t acted that way towards me. I’ve seen him struggling to be with a group, and live up to his parents expectations. In every situation that I’ve needed help, he’s been there. So why hate? Why push him away, because he hasn’t done anything to me. If you look at your relationships with a straight line, what do you see? Everyone seems to be so wrapped up in technology, gossip, and wanting to fit in that in essence, looking at a illusion.

Now, I’m not saying this is the case for everyone, and this is just my experience. Next time you come face to face with someone you might usually avoid, look at them and say what you mean to say. If there is no respect, then there is no unity. Without unity, what makes a good, healthy world for the people we do love, and the people that come after us?

In the end, this is your battle, but I encourage you to reach out, and help someone, no matter how small the favor is. If someone drops a quarter, pick it up for them. Just make practice of holding the door open for others. Make yourself available to help others in spare time. Even if you don’t get a thank you in the end, someone will notice. Even if it’s the one person sitting farthest away from you. By you doing something nice, it’s bound to spark something for someone else — to make them want to at least help once.

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