I’ve been going through something lately, and this little release might help me cope with things, so here I am.
I thought I was done with homework when I finished grad school. But I wanted to be prepared for my commencement speech. So I did what any self-respecting social scientist would do. I started reading studies of graduation speeches. And I decided I would give a graduation speech about graduation speeches.
How do you know
if you are still alright?
If you are still fine,
if you are still on track of your line,
when all you see
and all you feel
is something you cannot understand;
I feel wrong,
maybe sad, or down, or tired,
and I can’t even say why;
It’s like the mystery of a prism,
or the darkness of the shadow —
the questions of light.
I get it. Others’ feelings aren’t your responsibility, but hey, haven’t you realized that we are all connected in a circle that never ends and in one way or another we really affect each other’s lives? (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.)
Last week, I binge-watched the series Thirteen Reasons Why. I’ve read a lot of reviews about it, both good and bad, inviting people to watch vs refraining people to watch it — I gave in to the former, because it was really intriguing and the theme really caught my attention. I won’t lose anything anyway, and it’s so easy to stop if ever I wouldn’t like what I was watching.
If you’ve ever been so down that you thought you couldn’t make it to the end, this one’s a great book that would get right into you. As someone who had been at that one point in my life, this book was easy to read for me. Yes, it’s not just a simple matter. It’s not something that should be tabooed because it’s really something that we should tackle. I’m disappointed that until now, the society seems to find the discussion of mental issues hard, like it’s not as fatal as cancer or any other physical illness there ever is.