100 Reasons Why You Should Keep Living

100 Reasons Why You Should Keep Living

Reasons why you should keep living even though you feel like dying.
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Sometimes it just seems like everything is too much. There is too much stress, too much failure, and too much pain. It can seem as though the only way to solve all of your problems is to end your life. I have known so many people, myself included, who have had to struggle through depression at some point in their lives. To these people, it can often seem as though there is no reason to live anymore and as though everything is just meaningless. However, it is the little things in life that you have to think about. There is so much that you would miss out on if you died and so many people who would miss you. While I was in the midst of a very difficult time, I decided that it might be nice to make up a list of reasons to keep on living and it helped me out tremendously. I've decided to share this list so that it might help out other people who are struggling with similar issues. So here it is...

1. To love and be loved

2. To see the end of the world

3. Music

4. To prove them all wrong

5. Because someday it will be better

6. To see the person who just makes your day

7. Chocolate

8. Cats

9. Dogs

10. To make the world a better place

11. To dream

12. To watch lightning storms

13. To cuddle under the stars

14. To eat food

15. To read all the books you haven't read yet

16. Bad jokes

17. To feel the sun on your skin

18. Animals

19. To be free

20. To be with the one you love

21. To see what happens next

22. To see all the new Pokemon

23. Disney

24. For things that excite you

25. Fresh baked cookies

26. Warm spring days

27. Fresh flowers

28. Harry Potter

29. Your friends

30. Your family

31. Raising kids

32. Snow days

33. Knowledge

34. Bright blue skies

35. To create something amazing

36. To say that you made it

37. Fresh rain

38. Hugs and kisses and love

39. Full moons

40. Water skiing

41. To be better

42. Your favorite song

43. Naming fish

44. Scrapbooking

45. Sparkles

46. Crazy hair days

47. Evening walks in the park

48. Your favorite food

49. New experiences

50. Cookie dough

51. Sunsets

52. Sunrises

53. Deep conversations

54. Sarcasm

55. New hair cuts

56. New clothes

57. Ice cream

58. Your first kiss

59. Any kiss

60. Clear water on a white sand beach

61. Warm covers

62. Frozen lemonade

63. Prom

64. Dressing up

65. Dressing down

66. Sleeping all day

67. Your favorite stuffed animal

68. Your first house

69. Inside jokes

70. Little sentimental things

71. Smiles

72. Because I care

73. Scented candles

74. The ocean

75. Babies

76. Pictures

77. Cool scissors

78. Shooting stars

79. Blushing

80. Dolls

81. Blankets out of the dryer

82. Slippers

83. The things you don't expect

84. Pillow fights

85. Dancing in the rain

86. Laughter

87. Freshly cut grass

88. Sleeping under the stars

89. Bakeries

90. Walking in the moonlight

91. Taking a deep breath

92. Getting married

93. Clouds

94. To be strong

95. Rainbows

96. Hope

97. Prayer

98. Making a difference

99. Believing in something

100. Reaching somewhere so you can help everyone else

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The People-Rating App, 'Peeple,' Is A Gateway For Bullying In Modern Society

Is this app an entrance for online bullies?
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If you’re a Gen Z’er, like me, you probably have stressed over why your Instagram post didn’t get enough likes, worried that your Twitter feed isn’t witty enough or even faked a smile in a photo to give other people the idea that you actually have it all together.

Here’s a new app to try for understanding your online persona: Peeple. The app was created by Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough. Cordray is a marketing professional and McCullough is a stay-at-home mom.

The app was created for parents interested in knowing who their children are interacting with online, single people trying to get information on their blind date or professionals looking at qualities of prospective employees.

Although the co-founders were thinking the app would be like an Angie’s List or Care.com, skeptics are calling it a “Yelp for people." The app’s Facebook page was flooded with backlash and Twitter users attacked the app’s premise before it was even scheduled to launch in November 2015.

Supermodel Chrissy Teigen expressed her disgust over the app on Twitter, claiming it provided grounds for cyberbullying.

It seems like the Peeple app is the premise of an episode of the television series "Black Mirror." The episode “Nosedive” uses a five-point scale, like the creators of Peeple originally planned. The episode follows a woman named Lacie Pound who lives in a world where your online rating dictates every decision you make in the hopes of a five-star review.

The rating is visible to everyone through a digital retinal implant. She is trying to earn a spot in an expensive neighborhood, but she will get a 20 percent discount if she raises from a subpar 4.2 to a 4.5. She is encouraged to seek out high-rated friends, and when she reconnects with an old friend with a 4.8 rating, she is asked to be the maid of honor at her wedding.

A good rating can get you a discount on a house, but a bad rating can leave you homeless. In the Peeple app, it’s not as simple as Lacie’s world.

Good reviews require three stars to be posted instantly. Bad reviews are left on the site for a full 48 hours for the reviewer and the reviewed “to work something out." People can be reviewed without their knowledge or consent. Users had the option of writing a recommendation for the person and inviting them to use the app.

However, the user must claim they know the person on a professional, personal or romantic level. The app requires the user to be at least 21 with a Facebook account and include the person’s cell phone number they are reviewing. Users can delete a recommendation that they don’t like, but it will still be on their profile until they delete it.

The developers responded to the backlash, but rather than shutting down the site, they gave it a few tweaks. Now, users will get full control of what goes on their profile, profiles can be deactivated, the five-point scale was removed and instead based the rating on the number of recommendations received. The backlash pushed back the launch date from November 2015 to March 2016.

Despite the criticism, 10,000 people volunteered to test the app. Those who want to use the app now will have to pay $1 per month. In spite of the major changes, Peeple was still faced with hatred. The critics started the hashtag #PeopleNotPeeple.

Cordray and McCullough claim the site doesn’t tolerate bullying of any kind. However, in the app store, Peeple is only rated 1.7 with 89 reviews. Most comments are from those who seem to not even use the app themselves but are rather insulting its integrity.

While Peeple is a people-rating app like the creators intended, it can unintentionally cause online shaming, which can have fatal consequences.

According to the Center of Generational Kinetics, 42 percent of the youngest generation claims social media has an impact on how they feel about themselves. 18-year-old Brandy Vela from Texas City was cyberbullied for her weight. She was so distraught that she shot herself in front of her family.

13-year-old Izzy Laxamana from Tacoma, Washington was the victim of her own father.

Her father posted a video on YouTube chopping off all her hair in response to the promiscuous pictures she sent to boys. Izzy then jumped off a bridge because of the cyberbullying she received.

Sites like RateMyProfessors.com show bias on both sides, and the reviews aren’t always genuine. Peeple can easily do the same. Those who have a vendetta against someone may use the app to just criticize those they hate. If this happens, Peeple wouldn’t be so truthful anymore.

If you really are sick of your usual social media sites and want to live straight out of a "Black Mirror" episode, check out Peeple on the app store.

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Forget The Stigma: Let's Talk About Suicide

Saying something is better than saying nothing at all.
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Suicide is a sensitive topic. Most people avoid it because it makes them uncomfortable or they are worried about saying the wrong thing.

It is better to say the wrong thing than to not say anything at all. Talking about suicide does not make somebody more likely to think about doing it.

When somebody is asking for help, do not leave them in silence. Imagine how you would feel if you told somebody something personal and they responded with silence.

Talk about suicide. If you see something or feel like something is not right, say something. Ask your friends if they are thinking about suicide. This is hard to do but you are showing that you are willing to talk about such a tough subject.

Don’t let them feel alone. There is a reason your friend has decided to talk to you or show you indirect signs about how they are feeling. Remember to be yourself around them. There is a reason they trust you.

Many things accumulate and make a person think about suicide. Some things are beyond our control and some comments are simply stress-speaking. But sometimes they are not. It is better to ask somebody than assume it is nothing.

Be aware of the signs. If you do not know them, take a suicide prevention class in person or online. Most importantly, if somebody is acting extremely out of character, check on them. It may not be suicidal thoughts, but there is a reason they are not acting like their old self.

If you ask your friend about suicide and they say no, check on them. They may be completely fine, but they may not feel comfortable telling you. It is better to check up on them and risk them being mad at you than losing them.

If things are really bad and they tell you they are thinking about suicide, offer your support and help them find the resources they need. Guide them to the assistance, and offer to make appointments for them or go with them if that is something they are struggling with doing.

Nobody wants to die. They want the pain to end.

Need to talk to somebody? Call the National Suicide Hotline 800-273-TALK (8255).

Don't feel like talking? Text 4HOPE to 741-74.

In an emergency, it is best to call 911.

Inspired by the OSU R.E.A.C.H training program.

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