10 Reasons Why I'm not Hannah Baker
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

10 Reasons Why I'm not Hannah Baker

Unlike Hannah Baker, I have nothing but things to be grateful for

10 Reasons Why I'm not Hannah Baker
Dosis Media

After binging the highly anticipated Netflix original, 13 Reasons Why, I felt several emotions. This series, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, tells the story of high school student, Clay Jensen, who is instructed to listen to 13 tapes left behind by his classmate, Hannah Baker, after she takes her own life.

The series explains every incident and every person that lead Hannah to make this decision. And after watching all 13 episodes in three days I had a reaction that I did not expect.

I figured I would cry a lot and feel very emotional, but I did not expect that it would make me feel grateful for my high school experience. While Hannah Baker was explaining the 13 reasons why she ended her life, I thought of 13 things I am grateful for.

1. It was an all girl school.

The majority of guys on 13 Reasons Why were terrible. They were rude, they took advantage of girls and they often slut-shammed girls if they did too much with a guy or not enough. Thankfully, while I was at school I was never concerned with boys or the drama that comes with them. I was able to focus on school while I was there.

2. No one ever started a rumor about me.

I went to a mellow high school. No one started drama or rumors just for the sake of it.

3. The teachers actually cared.

My biggest problem with this show was that I felt as though the faculty and staff ignored signs that the students needed help.I feel like if I acted the way these students did at least one teacher or counselor would be trying to help me or would be calling my parents.

4. My parents were actually involved.

The entire time I was in high school my parents knew exactly where I was, who I was with, and when I would be back. All the kids on this show would leave and do whatever they wanted, including drinking. And it was pretty obvious. If my parents thought I was drinking in high school I would get a lecture and my curfew would be moved up at least an hour. And as much as I rolled my eyes at my mom, I am glad that she called my friend's parents to make sure they would be home.

5. I never had to worry about money.

Throughout the show, Hannah Baker was constantly concerned with money and the success of her parents' store. When I was growing up my parents never let me know how much they made and they never gave me any indication that they were struggling. My hard- working parents gave a comfortable childhood and I'm incredibly grateful for it.

6. I had a strong support system.

Hannah Baker and most of her classmates did not have a strong support system. They hid the majority of their lives from their parents and most of them were only children, or did not have siblings shown very often. I was blessed with two older sisters and two very caring parents. I always knew that if I was struggling or if I had any problem, I had family I could turn to, in addition to some extremely supportive friends and classmates. The poor kids on this show had very few people they could trust, even their classmates could not be trusted.

7. I grew up slowly.

I never tried to act like I was older than I was. My parents helped me enjoy whatever age I was. They did not let me drink, stay out late, go to someone's house without parental supervision, and this made me grow up happy, healthy, and responsible.

8. I had more fun than troubles.

The high school students in 13 Reasons Why did not have normal high school fun. A fun Friday night for me was watching Netflix and going to Sonic until midnight with a few close friends. The students on this show were trying to act like adults when they were only 16 or 17 years old.

9. I was able to remain positive.

As stressful as classes, clubs, work, and college applications got during high school, I had the ability to smile and push through. I knew no matter what went wrong, life had to get better.

10. I never had a reason to want my life to end.

I know how lucky I am to have had such a happy childhood and such a good experience in high school.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Robert Bye on Unsplash

I live by New York City and I am so excited for all of the summer adventures.

Keep Reading... Show less

The invention of photography

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.


The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments