Everyone has their pet peeves; some are small and some are huge. What really bothers me is the lack of kindness in the world, and how no one is doing anything to fix this.
I know, it really is a very broad pet peeve of mine, but I have specific examples of certain situations that have recently happened to back me up.
On March 3rd and 4th, Washington had weather that consisted of snow and temperatures that were below 10 degrees. The wind chill had it feeling like it was well below zero. By the time it was noon on Sunday the 3rd, the snow had mainly melted and it was safe for individuals to drive, so we ended up having school on Monday.
I was still skeptical about if we were having school or not, so I checked our superintendent's Twitter. Some of the tweets and comments that I saw were simply terrible.
Sure, whenever it snows or is icy outside, students will tweet at their superintendent, or whoever is responsible for making that call, and just ask "so when's school being called off?" Some will even try to convince them to call school off. That's what usually happens, and it's totally harmless and honestly kind of funny.
This was not the case this time, though. This was completely disrespectful and rude, and the majority of the comments were just so sickening.
Almost everything I see on social media that's happening is very negative. It can be anything from a very irrelevant and nasty comment, to a whole article about a bombing or a shooting that has taken place. It honestly makes me sick to my stomach to hear and read about those events taking place.
Even though these events that happen worldwide are awful, they're also important in a way. They're lessons, and we need to learn from them to prevent something like that to happen ever again.
We're all too focused on the small things, like which Kardashian was cheated on, and then making fun of the person who cheated. It's someone's personal life, none of us can do anything about that situation, but everyone can do something to help prevent bullying, school shootings, kidnappings, etc.
Recently, a threat was made to our school in written message on a bathroom stall wall. The entire high school had to evacuate to the football field in the cold. For a while, no one really knew what was truly happening, but it was scary. Eventually, we were allowed to either go home or all walk together to the Middle School.
I'm honestly still scared. I'm scared of going to school, because who knows if someone will actually make a bomb, or bring a gun in and shoot us while we are at school? I don't know anything about whoever it was that made the threat, but this all could come back to someone being unkind. The majority of these situations start that way. Bullying and cruelty can pile up on a person. I'm sick and tired of seeing these kinds of things happen, all because of something that is preventable and easy to do.
All I'm saying is, please, just be kind. No matter if it's to a stranger, or your best friend. Be kind in person or over social media. Just say something nice. Think before you speak. Think before you type. Think before you hit 'send' or 'post'. Kindness goes a long way, and while this is cliche, if we start here as a community, then other communities might see, and it could just spread like wildfire.
We all know what kindness is. It could just be a few words of encouragement that could make a person's day 100,000 times better.
I want to feel safe while going to school, or just out in public in general. I want to feel safe using the internet. I'm sure everyone else feels the exact same way. Kindness can change so many things.
See you later,