Fiction On Odyssey: Death Of A Planet

Fiction On Odyssey: The Death Of A Planet

There wasn't a spot of blue visible in the sky, it was purely a deep haze.

Sylvia Conners stared outside at the desolate land around her. The young woman remembered when everything was lush and green. It had only been a few years ago that flowers had been able to bloom and crops could be grown easily outside, but it felt like that was an eternity ago. When everything had first started to die, everyone was scared and everything dove into chaos. Eventually, people realized that there was nothing they could do for their sick planet and they fell into an acceptance that they would likely live to see the end of life as they know it.

Sylvia turned away from the wasteland and went to tend to her indoor garden. She was extremely careful with what crops she had managed to grow, especially with how expensive it was to get seeds. If these crops failed then she would likely not be able to afford to try again. After a few hours, Sylvia was brushing her hair out of her face and leaving the house to find clean water to use to water her plants as well as to use as drinking water for the day. As she walked, she took in the world around her. Where there used to be grass and plants was now just sand and gravel. There wasn't a spot of blue visible in the sky, it was purely a deep haze. The area was rocky and the land was jagged and uneven as far as she could see around her.

It was a sad sight. Her planet was dying and she could tell that it was on its last leg. She was positive how much time there was left, but it was easy to tell that it wasn't much. She let out a soft sigh and coughed as she got to the closest river to her home. She scooped up the murky water with a bucket and stood back up. Sylvia stared down at the water as she remembered how she used to have a river that flowed through her backyard. How the water used to be so clean and clear... A tear slipped down her cheek as she walked back.

Sylvia closed her door as she stepped into the small house. She coughed violently and set down the bucket before she collapsed in her chair. She felt her brain going fuzzy as her eyes closed. She knew that she had spent way to much time outside. She took a deep breath of the oxygen that was being pumped into her house and the fuzziness slowly went away. As she sat there, the ground started to rumble beneath her and she could almost feel the ground shifting under her feet.

That was when she knew that her world's time was up. After that day, no life would remain on her planet. It was unlikely that after that day her planet would even exist. As Sylvia laid back in her chair she whispered a final goodbye to her planet and let nature take its course.

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8 Lyrics From T. Swift's New Song 'You Need To Calm Down' That Will Give Your Instagram The Strong Female Empowerment It Needs

Let this girl-power ballad spark your insta-piration for your next post.


If you've ever experienced cyber-bullying, or if you ever feel caught up in our over-critical society, Tay Swift's new song "You Need To Come Down" is the song for you. While we live in a world with free speech, and especially as a journalist I am all for that, sometimes its best to think before you speak - or tweet. We should all try to be understanding and kind no matter what the circumstance, even if it means not clicking send on some Twitter rants. These lyrics are a friendly reminder to stay calm and focus on what's important.

1. "Say it in the street, that's a knock-out. But you say it in a tweet, that's a cop out."

If this isn't the call-out message of the year on cyber-bullying (in song, at least), I don't know what is.

2. "But I've learned a lesson that stressin' and obsessin' about somebody else is no fun."

We all need to remember at times that getting mixed up in drama isn't fruitful for our lives or growth.

3. "Like can you not step on my gown? You need to calm down."

Don't let the haters control you or stop you from living, just tell those voices to calm down.

4. "Why are you mad when you could be glad?"

Focusing on hate or being critical can be exhausting, and it's better to focus on the good things.

5. "Sunshine on the street at the parade, but you would rather be in the dark ages."

Show people that going into the light is so much easier than they realize when they are stuck in a drama-cloud.

6. "You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace."

Instead of trying to have the last word in every fight, try to be the peace-maker instead.

7. "Control your urges to scream about all the people that you hate."

Hate never made the world go 'round. Hate was never what Jesus spoke about. And some things just aren't worth using energy to yell at.

8. "But we all know now we all got crowns."

Don't be afraid to show that you are a princess and no one can take your crown.

This song is not just a collection of Insta-quotes, but also a call-out for all of us to live better lives, to remain a positive and uplifting human in this cancel culture world. By no means should we remain silent on important issues or let people get away with bad things, but we can choose to not get mixed up in petty drama that won't matter in a week. Let's agree to be kind to one another.

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Social Media Induced Depression Is A Real Problem

We all love our vines and Twitter memes. Social media brings people together, gives us a common interest. However, is it harming us more than it's helping us? Social media induced depression is becoming a higher seen problem in today's society than we acknowledge.


Now, I love Twitter and Instagram just as much as the next person. I love sending my friends funny animal videos or reposting memes. We all do, I am, how else are we supposed to stay connected to our old friends from high school? I mean, hey, I've met some amazing people on social media and I love seeing their posts on Instagram or Facebook. But, we don't all feel this positive energy from social media.

Today's generation has almost made social media a staple. It's almost like everyone these days has a Snapchat or Instagram or Facebook or some kind of media to connect on. We all share videos, send messages, and post on our feeds daily. We follow celebrities and people we like, or maybe, people we want to be like or look like. We've all seen the Instagram models who workout six days a week and have fantastic bodies and look so good in all their pictures, or the celebrity couples with the iconic family photos and the cutest babies we've ever seen. But, we see all these happy pictures, yet some of us aren't as happy as we perceive on social media platforms.

According to Child Mind Institute, young adults and teens on social media more often, are showing higher rates of depression than those who spend less time on their social platforms. This isn't that surprising, just based on the fact that nine out of ten times I go on my Instagram or Twitter, there's all these super fit and cute girls overthrowing my feed and timeline! Personally, it doesn't bother me, but this can cause some bad confidence issues for some boys and girls. Boys can get this idea that they need a six pack of abs or muscular arms to be attractive, while young girls are seeing images of these slim models who are applying almost unrealistic body images, representing these companies who advertise "weight loss tea" or "weight loss pills" or crazy workout gear that's supposed to, "vibrate your fat off and slim you down", but that's not how weight loss works. Young girls and boys are given these unrealistic expectations for themselves and that's not even the only problem with social media and this generation today. Cyberbullying is also a big issue, from things like how people look to things they make repost or post about. Young adults and children are shamed and made fun of for sharing their interests, which isn't right.

Sage Journals states that in a study they performed, they came to the conclusion that adolescents who are spending more time in front of computer screens, tablets, cell phones, or on social media in general, are growing susceptible and are more likely to report mental illnesses as opposed to the adolescents who are reporting to be doing homework, exercising or playing outside more, or just spending less time with their noses in screens in general. So basically, they came to the realization that the kids who decided to go play kickball with some friends and hangout in the sunlight were less likely to show signs of mental illnesses and report them.

"The less you are connected with human beings in a deep, empathic way, the less you're really getting the benefits of a social interaction," points out Alexandra Hamlet, who is a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute. When I read this this quote, I think about the idea that you can say you have online friends and you may connect with them and talk to them online, but you aren't going to get that human interaction we all need to survive. However, adolescents these days seem to have a, "fear of missing out", so they are afraid if they aren't on social media, they think they're going to miss out on something important or funny that everyone else saw and they want to feel connected.

The last thing I want to cover about how social media induced depression, is the idea that it gives younger people the idea that they are good at multitasking. That they can finish their homework and watch tv and scroll social media. Dr. Hamlet states, "Basically, multitasking isn't possible," "What you end up doing is really just switching back and forth between two tasks rather quickly. There is a cost to the brain." Kids today think they are good at multitasking, but realistically, none of us are.

Social media induced depression is really becoming an issue in children and young adults, and we need to address this issue more seriously. We need to monitor the way our children are posting or what they are viewing more, to an extent, and help them get away from the screens too. Get your child out of the house and play outside for a little while today, because it can really help make a difference to them!


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