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How to Shine MAG

November 15, 2010
By buzzlikebea GOLD, Fitchburg, Wisconsin
buzzlikebea GOLD, Fitchburg, Wisconsin
10 articles 0 photos 28 comments

Favorite Quote:
Shoot for the moon. For, even if you miss, you'll still land amongst the stars.

Happy, carefree faces lit up our childhood – friends, parents, teachers – but something happened when we hit middle and high school. The kindness was wrenched from some; others gave it away like spare change.

“Welcome to the real world,” they said. What happens in these few, precious teen years will affect us for the rest of our lives, and it seems that this gives everyone permission to knock others down in an attempt to build themselves up. Peers become our competition, our enemies. All the rules are thrown out the window. The world suddenly revolves around only one person: you.

Real friendships are a rarity. Friends used to be anyone who played the same game on the playground. Now, people with common interests are a dime a dozen.

So, I wonder, what happened to us? Yes, I'm talking to you: the high schooler, the jock, the brain, the beauty, the goth, the church kid. We like to pretend these titles don't exist; we pretend we all live in a happy little world, and everyone gets a fair share of everything. These titles don't just label us, they divide us.

These divides are excruciatingly difficult to cross, despite what TV shows and movies claim. We're all suckers for a happy ending – just admit it. If this is true, how come we fight the possibility of a happy ending so much? We don't want to cross the divides. The lines have been clearly drawn, but why?

Why can't we see that at the end of the day, we are all the same? Strip away our social exteriors and we're all identical. We all want to be loved and accepted. We all want a bright future, to shine our own light, not to live in another's shadow.

But what if we decide to share? Instead of trying to outshine others, lend them some of our light so they can shine too. We might just find that, suddenly, the world is much brighter.

The author's comments:
"And when we let our own light shine from within, we give others the permission to do the same." Be a leader, and teach others how to shine.

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This article has 6 comments.

2write said...
on Mar. 20 2014 at 5:40 am
2write, Dededo, Other
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Favorite Quote:
" I wasn't built for conformity, I was born to stand out from the crowd"
" In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took but how many moment tsook your breath away:"- Chinese man
"I have tried, in my way, to be free."-Leonard Cohen

Instead of spreading things like this,: ONCE YOU'VE STARTED READINGTHIS YOU CAN'T GET OUT! READ ON IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DIE A year ago A girl named Kathy was hated by everyone. Everyone made fun of her. She was ignored. Even by messages. One day she decided to kill herself. Beca......use..................... even her parents ignored her. She jumed out her window. No one noticed utill people started dissapearing. Kathy haunted them. She made them suffer like the way she did. She hung them slowly and stabed them over and over very slowly so they could suffer like she did.
If you don't send this message to 15 diffrent comments you will die tonight by Kathy. Because she considers it ignooring her.
Example 1:
Dave looked at the first sentece and said, "Spam" And the next day the neighbors found him in his backyard, dead.
Example 2:
Joane was alone. She didn't have kids or a husband. She had alot of friends. When She had a sleepover with them she quickly had to check her e-mail.She saw this message and sent it to only 6 people because she thought she couldn't die that night beacuse she was surounded by people. The next morning Joane's friends found her in her bathtub, dead.
If you don't send this, Kathy WILL find yo

we should be sharing a message of peace and love.Never hurt someone for your own gain. How you treat someone should not depend on anything except the old Golden rule of treating others as you would like to be treated. We are human beings, not instruments of cruelty.‪#‎anitbullying‬ * I hope you don't mind if I post this, I chose to do so in hopes that you spread the message. 

Ojewel SILVER said...
on Oct. 30 2013 at 5:44 pm
Ojewel SILVER, Portland, Oregon
6 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
Tomorrow's gonna be better

This is so true! I feel like I'm put in catagories many times, and more often than not, I feel like I don't fit into any one catagory at all. I do so much stuff and I'm so confusing (to myself and others) that I don't know were I belong. This is something that all High Schoolers (and middle schoolers too) should read.

on Oct. 3 2012 at 4:51 pm
Lauradora BRONZE, Old Greenwich, Connecticut
1 article 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”- Dr.Seuss

I agree with so much, this needs to be fowarded to everyone at every middle/high school

on Sep. 27 2011 at 8:12 pm
Alice_in_Wonderland GOLD, San Clemente, California
16 articles 0 photos 620 comments

Favorite Quote:
“I could give up, I could stay stuck, or I could move on, So I put one foot front of the other, No no no nothing’s gonna break my stride, “ –David Archuleta (The Other Side of Down)

I totally agree with you. It's sad that people act thatway towards each other. This oesn't really happen at my high school but thats for sure how middle school was. Great job! :D

on Sep. 6 2011 at 6:36 am
buzzlikebea GOLD, Fitchburg, Wisconsin
10 articles 0 photos 28 comments

Favorite Quote:
Shoot for the moon. For, even if you miss, you'll still land amongst the stars.

Thanks a lot.  To be honest I didn't even realize people were reading this, but I'm glad you can agree with it.  High school sucks, but it really shouldn't have to.

on Sep. 3 2011 at 1:29 pm
Sunshine.On.My.Shoulders BRONZE, -, Alaska
3 articles 1 photo 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -Will Rogers

Someone finally put to words to my frustration. Thank you. I hope you realized that everyone who reads this is given a bit of your "shine".