be a pal and like people’s text posts. reblog their selfies. respond to their questions. even if you don’t know the answer and even if you’ve never really talked to them before. there’s nothing worse that feeling alone on a website where everyone promotes love and friendship.
Do not tell me your best friend would not sit in at your lunch table for three fucking days just staring blankly at your old seat wishing that you were there to fill the space with laughter.
Do not tell me your younger brother would not break down in the middle of class because you guys started talking about your favorite type of subject in school.
Do not tell me your mother would not stare into the mirror with trembling lips wishing she could be bringing you home from the hospital rather than having to escort you away in a casket to the nearest graveyard.
Do not tell me your father would not begin working the night shifts to distract himself of the silence at home because you’re not up until the ungodly hours of the night talking to what’s-his/her-face on the phone because you guys are so in love.
Do not tell me your boyfriend/girlfriend would not go into your room and put on the last hoodie you wore trying to desperately imprint your sent onto their skin so they never forget your smell.
Do not tell me your friends would not stare blankly at the gymnasium wall after the principal has announced your death to the entire school making no sound trying to convince themselves this is just another one of your impractical jokes.
Do NOT fucking TELL ME this bullshit line of how the stars would still appear the sun would still come out the earth would still rotate and the seasons will still change because without YOU you lil beautiful piece of human being none of these people will want ANY of that to happen.
I feel obligated to say something about this and I don’t care how many notes I get on this post. All I care is that the point gets across to people. So please share this because this is one of the most important things I’ve ever written here.
The media doesn’t deserve to have their hands on Photoshop. They use it to make the public believe in absolutely impossible to reach standards. Look at yourself in the mirror. What do you see? The lines on your face that define you, the imperfections. The color of your lips, your eyes, your hair. The shape of your ears, your nose, your mouth, even your teeth. Look at your smile. These are the things that make you unique.
But the media doesn’t care about you or your imperfect smile. They want ratings, they want girls to look at a magazine cover and think, “Wow, I want to look like that.” But what they fail to understand is that they’re putting so much pressure in young people to look flawless just by doing a few “touch-ups” here and there on a picture of Jennifer Lawrence. They remove the wrinkles and the lines, they edit the color of their eyes, their hair, their lips, their face. They remove all of those imperfections that make us beautiful, and they don’t care how it affects the public. They don’t care how it makes us feel. They just want their ratings.
I probably don’t make sense right now, I’m actually a bit angry because the media is going too far. But if you get anything out of this post, it’s this - smile, because you’re beautiful, no matter what the person on the cover of your favorite magazine looks like. That’s fake, you’re not. So go outside without makeup on and embrace your natural beauty, your imperfections. Because without them, what are we? I’m going to leave that open for you to decide.
But stay true to yourself and don’t give in to fake standards of the media. It’s not worth the time or the heartache.