Life is an incredibly complicated journey for all of us. And, it can be very easy to get caught in the whirlwind of our own chaotic stories.
Sometimes, we become so consumed with our own lives and struggles, that we fail to notice that the people around us are also struggling and reaching out for help.
We are missing the signs because we aren't really looking for them. We are hearing conversations without really listening.
We are going through the motions of our day to day lives without making the difference that we might be able to make if we were really tuned into our surroundings.
And that's why a book/Netflix series like Jay Asher's "Thirteen Reasons Why" can move us on such a deep level.
Most of us try to be good people. But, that doesn't mean that we can't benefit from a reminder that our actions, or lack thereof, have a bigger impact on the people around us than we would like to think.
It just serves to show us, in a very heartbreaking way, that we need to strive for kindness above all else. We need to open our eyes and really see the people that we interact with from day to day.
We need to check in on people. We need to reach out and make an effort. We need to be vigilant and on the lookout for warning signs and red flags. We need to be the reminder to people that they have someone to turn to, that they aren't alone.
While the series has stirred up a lot of controversies, it has an incredibly powerful takeaway message if we can humble ourselves enough to receive it.
No matter if you hated it or loved it. It made you feel something. It woke you up a little bit. And, that's the whole point.
It shows us that we can always be better. We can always do better.
So, next time you are talking to someone, make sure that you are really being present in that moment. Give them your time. Give them your attention.
If they feel like you are truly listening and that you truly care, that just may be the lifeline they've been searching for.
You may just be the person that can help them get through their worst days.
So, keep listening. Keep stepping in when you see that something is wrong. Because you may be the only one that has thought to do so.
And, that small act of humanity may be exactly what that person needed to feel that there is still hope for them.