1 Reason '13 Reasons Why' Helped Me

1 Reason '13 Reasons Why' Helped Me

Today, a life was saved.
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Today marks week two of when the Netflix Original “13 Reasons Why” debuted on March 31st. While I can say I actually finished this show within two days of it airing, many are just now getting through it, if they actually decided to keep watching.

For those that don’t know the story behind the book or television series, here’s a recap. Clay Jenson comes home from school to find a box near his doorstep. Upon opening it there are 13 cassette tapes inside, all recorded by a classmate and friend, Hannah Baker. Hannah had recently decided to take her own life and each side of every tape is based on a person and how they contributed to this outcome. Hannah had instructed someone to keep hold of these tapes in case of emergency and was instructed to help all of them listen. The tapes are sent in the order each person is brought up. You listen and pass the tapes on to the next person when finished.

Being as I know people that have taken their own lives, I was skeptical in watching. While I can agree that there is graphic detailing about harsh topics (including rape, bullying, and suicide) I do believe there is a large message people may have missed. I don’t believe the situation should’ve been as romanticized as it was. I also believe Hannah’s actions were to blame for the outcomes that occur throughout the episodes. She didn’t use her voice and by making those tapes, she had left 13 people loathing themselves. It was a chain of bullying that went unnoticed.

What also went unnoticed in this series, is towards the end when those which showed interaction with Hannah (also on the tapes) were subpoenaed to testify for a trial her parents were having against the school. Each person was taped and on these tapes in the bottom left hand corner was a date: November 10, 2017. Currently, today is only April 15, 2017 while his show was released on March 31, 2017, meaning it was set in the future.

I came to the conclusion that for those of us watching, if this story were to actually be taking place in real life, it would be occurring right now. Some events within the show can be looked at as already happened (Winter Formal). While further watching, you’ll notice that certain things also have yet to occur, including both rapes and Jeff’s death.

I find this date in the show significant. This is depicting the idea of hope. What if you were a bystander, watching as this occurred? What if it was possible for you to intervene and stop someone from being raped or if you could prevent someone from dying?

This is where the show got my attention. Every day, we are given an opportunity to better the lives around us, or make them worse. We’re given that choice because we were given the gift of waking up that morning.

This series with such a specific date stamp is trying to explain that there is still a chance. There is still time to save someone and there is still time for people to speak up. It’s explaining that there is still hope for those which believe there isn’t.

I recently just experienced this. I was at the store when I noticed a man sitting outside. It wasn't the same man that my roommate and I have given food to before. That day, I decided to grab a bag of potato chips and water for him. I went outside to hand him these items thinking nothing of it, it's a gesture I've done in the past. He told me he hadn't eaten in over a week and was ready to give up trying. Now, I understand for many his story may be hard to believe; however, that day I believed it. That day, I also realized the power one small gesture towards someone could have.

While I may not personally agree with this show, I do believe in the message I have found within it. Tell the man you see at the local diner every day that you hope he has a good day. Tell the woman you passed on the street walking to school that she has a beautiful smile. Whatever the case may be, impact the world in a positive manner. We don’t fully understand, but sometimes our actions play a larger part in other’s lives than they do in our own.

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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