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3 reason why you should watch this show

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1837492/

A friend wrote a piece about this show I didn't want to watch. (Here's her post, you might want to start with that: http://writersbrew.com/2017/06/13-reasons-why/ ) I didn't want to watch 13_reasons_why because I wasn't interested in another teen drama. Teens, we know it, we've seen it all, we've heard it all. Well, I did not see this coming. (The show is from the perspective of a dead person, a'la American Beauty. Also, it's a 17-year-old girl, Hannah, who committed suicide, so proceed with caution.)

Reason 1: Teenagers are stupid. And this is something that hits you early in this show that they are obviously, upsettingly stupid. Even the main character, with her Juno-like maturity of thinking, she's unevolved, she's not ready, not for this. What I mean here is that these kids are run by their egos, by their pride, by their hormone-fueled emotions and have no clue how to handle them. They don't know the power of their words and actions. They don't understand the feelings of the other person. They are puppies with oversized and underutilized brains--but with access to cars, alcohol, and guns.

Reason 2: You'll get on an emotional rollercoaster. You will, believe me. I did too. By episode five, I lost all hope in humanity, and I didn't understand why doesn't everybody kill themselves. By episode seven, I was angry and sad, and I didn't want to continue. By episode ten, I was disappointed in Hannah, and I mostly blamed her. And then in episode twelve, my world turned again. And after the last one, I started writing this.

Reason 3: Them kids, they are all of us, you know. The broken creatures I described in Reason 1 are us, people of all ages. We all fall short of considering the other person in so many situations. We fail to listen to our friends and loved ones, and we fail to make connections with all the rest in the first place. And throughout the show, I was reminded of the "body count" I left behind in my life. Loves I betrayed in a way or another, friends I let down repeatedly, people in need I never reached out to. I'm Clay, I'm Jessica, I'm Justin, I'm Zach, and in a non-literal way, I'm Bryce too. And this is the ultimate "FOMO", not missing a party. But to miss out on human connection because we are afraid or lazy or selfish or all of the above.

Learn from Hannah's mistake. And from mine.

(P.S.: And if you're on the other side of the hurting, know that this is not personal. Nobody hates you. People are selfish jerks, that's all. No reason to do harm to yourself about it.)
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