October is a month dedicated to awareness: Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Bullying Prevention Month as well as National Coming Out Week and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Throughout the month, various celebrations occur like walks to raise money or wearing pink to show support. With the awareness of different issues being raised this month, I wanted this Motivation Monday post to serve as a reminder to all of us.
Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. In more than half of the instances, bullying has been a contributing factor to the suicide or attempted suicide. As someone who was bullied during middle school, I can completely agree that it takes a toll on you. The “It Gets Better” viral campaign was created in response to severe bullying in the LGBTQ community. Below is a video made by Google Chrome to highlight the campaign. While it was targeted for younger members of the LGBTQ community, the message can be applicable to anyone being bullied. I know it seems like all hope is lost, but I promise it does get better!
Cancer is a disease that does not discriminate and kills over 500,000 Americans each year. Recently, my 40 year-old cousin was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and only found out because of her baseline mammogram. Yet again, cancer has hit close to home and reminded me how precious life truly is. I have worn a pink ribbon all month for breast cancer awareness and in support of my cousin.
We run through our days complaining about our jobs or our families. But at least we were fortunate enough to wake up and have jobs and families. I am very guilty of complaining about pointless things and missing the bigger picture. I am healthy with a supportive family and amazing friends. I was lucky enough to receive a college education when so many haven’t. Life is going pretty well for me. Please allow this blog post to be your reminder that life could always be worse. We are normally too busy and take for granted little things that others have lost. Remember, growing old is a privilege denied to many so celebrate each and every birthday!