Today we had an assembly about “Rachel’s Challenge” which is basically about a girl named Rachel that was shot during the horrible Columbine shootings. I saw a lot of myself in Rachel. She was one of those people that you’re easily touched by...because judging from her writing, you knew she wanted to make the world a better place. She stood for everything I believed in, it was amazing.
What wasn’t so amazing was…
A close friend of mine talked to me after the assembly and had said, “inspiration should not come from what some girl that was shot wrote in a school assignment about spreading kindness.” He had said a couple of other things as well, however this statement stuck out to me the most.
I comprehend what he said, however I’m not sure I quite understand. How can that not be inspirational? I get that he’s mad because the whole assembly was a bit biased because it made Rachel out to be this amazing person, and it didn’t even show the shooters’ side of the story. The assembly was basically saying that those two guys from Columbine were just bad people who decided to shoot students, not even explaining THEIR side of the story. I understand that he’s upset about that part, with the bias. However, the fact of the matter is…Rachel WAS an amazing person. That you can’t deny. As we heard her diary entries and excerpts from her essay, each word reminded me of something I had written on this blog or something I had told another person. It was nice to see that there were other young people out there who saw the brighter side of life.Most teenagers don’t really get to see the bright side to life. They feel as if the world is against them, and in many ways…they have a right to think so. But you can really only take that state of mind so far, letting that affect your life is not healthy. It’s such a shame too because life is so beautiful, but the effects of bad surroundings keep young people from seeing that. There’s so much to appreciate but the little time that we have to live is sometimes wasted by anger and hurt.
Just know this, each day that you wake up and think either:
“I’m going to have a good day.”
“Today’s going to suck.”
You’re making an impact on your surroundings. Know that every little choice you make is noticed, even if you're not aware of it.
What makes the world a better place?
It’s the little things.
It’s the good intentions you hold in the silence of your hearts.
Remember that sometimes, it the silence that speaks the loudest.