Thank You, Claire Wineland For Having A Lasting Impact On This World Before You Passed

Thank You, Claire Wineland For Having A Lasting Impact On This World Before You Passed

21 year old social media influence and public speaker Claire Wineland passed away on September 3, 2018

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Claire Wineland was a 21 year old social media influencer who was born with cystic fibrosis. She made her presence known on the internet through her Youtube videos, social media posts, and motivational talks. Her topics included her illness, mortality, and living life despite being sick.

On August 26, 2018, she received a double lung transplant. After weeks of posting about how this surgery could double her lifespan and how she had finally made the decision to get her sick lungs replaced, it finally happened. I was happy for her, even though I was just reading about it online and not actually a part of her life.

Although the surgery was successful, she suffered a massive stroke shortly after.

Her family decided to cut her life support on September 3.

I read the headline this morning, still in bed at 6am, procrastinating getting up for class. My heart immediately dropped. Claire has been someone I've been following on all social media platforms for quite some time now. She was an undeniably positive influence in the internet world of toxicity and hate, and I felt an almost magnetic attraction towards her.

Claire didn't post Youtube videos regularly and when she did, she usually was bare-faced, in her bedroom or hospital room, and expressing the most recent thing that has been on her mind or happening in her life. I waited for these videos, so uncut, raw, and real.

The biggest thing that stood out to me, and probably so many others, about Claire was her ability to be so happy and positive while being so sick and knowing she could die any day at the same time. I couldn't imagine what that felt like, yet she was still out there, chasing her dreams to the best of her physical ability, and being successful.

Claire started speaking publicly when she was 14, and from there she continued to talk to people and spread her message. Everyone wanted to hear what this beautiful, charismatic girl had to say. Eventually, she started a non-profit to raise money to help people with cystic fibrosis as a teenager.

In 2017, she delivered a Tedx Talk after doing a series of motivational speaking gigs. This was one of the first videos of her that I saw. I was amazed. She began with her experience with cystic fibrosis but soon turned it into something extremely inspirational to me: you can suffer and still live a life of meaning. This was something I had never heard before.

Claire did not deny her suffering. She did not make everyone think it was easy to be sick. She was unbelievably honest about her experience and included all the messy emotions she felt along with it. But she did not let illness define her existence. She did not sit in bed day in and day out and think about how useless she is. She got up and she sought to make an impact on the world while she could. And she did.

If you take anything away from Claire's story, let it be that your life does not have to be perfect to mean something. You do not have to feel bad for yourself and you do not have to let the suffering you go through stop you from chasing your dreams and passions. Life is not about being happy; it is about experiencing every facet of the human existence.

This was a huge lesson for me and something I remind myself of every day.

I'm going to miss hearing Claire's thoughts every week. I'm disappointed that I never got to attend one of her talks or meet her, which is something I always wanted to do. But most of all, I feel a deep sadness for her family and her friends. As much as I will miss her for selfish reasons, I will also miss the light she shed on this world and the light I'm sure she shed on the lives of everyone around her.

I hope she can finally rest after 21 years of fighting.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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I have never enjoyed Valentine's Day.

Even if when I was in a relationship it was just an awkward day of "hey I love you, give me gifts and lets make out." But this year, I am just not feeling this thing at all. Since the relationship ended last June I have just been dreading the time when February came, because you know that on the 14th you are going to see all these love post and all us singles are like "welp this is just not my day.", and honestly you feel defeated. I personally asked other singles friends (like the three I have) if they wanted to come and watch Netflix with me and dread the day, but sadly they either had school or work. So here is my plan of getting though this day of love:

NETFLIX

Yes Netflix how else am I supposed to get through this day? Usually I have Greys Anatomy playing all the time but that has love in it, and I am not in the mood for that. My plan is to watch all the crime shows I can because watching TV crime series or documentary about serial killers just seems perfect for the 14th.

SLEEP

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Yes sleeping. I don't have anywhere I need to be why not catch up on some zzz's

CHOCOLATE

Yes I am going to eat my feelings with chocolate because why not? if I could I would get a giant slice of cake and live off that on the 14th but sadly I am stuck with the normal Heresy's chocolate and Reeses which will do their job.

CATS

me :)

This is my wonderful cat Kimber and she will be my partner in crime on the 14th. She will sleep, snuggle, cuddle, all day with me because I need that moral support of my fluffy cat.

BOOKS

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If I am able to fit reading a book into my schedule of everything listed above then reading will go into that open spot. I always loved reading but with school it is hard to find the time to read for enjoyment. so this day will be the perfect day.


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