A Kind-Of Pep talk
So I’m writing today to share a couple of things with you. First of all, I found this really cool TED-Ed lesson. Here is the link:
You might have seen it. If you haven’t, it is pretty short. I don’t know where you are right now, but hopefully you can watch it.
Anyway, this small video mostly focuses on one of the big things that make me want to write. As kids, we see world in a different way than adults, and this gives us insight to problems they can’t really wrap their heads around. Using that we can help other people, right? We have the time (if our homework is done) to think of solutions adults can’t imagine to problems they don’t see. Some examples? Maybe you have noticed tension in your class or school cafeteria. Maybe you have seen someone be bullied, or noticed a skinny stray cat. Maybe someone who lives on your block just moved from another country and is struggling to learn the language you speak. Maybe your favorite animal (mine’s an otter, I think) is endangered because people are turning the habitat into farmland. You can change that. Yes, you. And you don’t need to be a perfect or even close. I’d like to remind you that as someone who visits this site, you can do a lot to influence people.
And you know what one way to influence people is? Well, you do if you watched the video.
Think about yourself as a reader. When was the last time you read a book and where like, “Oh, I hate this character!” or “Sheesh, this she is so overdramatic,” or “Really, get to the point already, this guy is too self-invested!” (That’s me telling myself to stop stalling right there!) Does that ever make you feel like you really don’t want to be anything like that character?
Have you ever started doing something, and then stopped because you didn’t want to be associated with a book character? I definitely have. This happened while I was shopping for glasses. I have brownish blonde hair, and all the glasses in the store my family was looking in which fit me were either pink or clear. I absolutely hated the idea of pink glasses. They made me feel like Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter, and she seemed, at least from my uncareful reading, like a dreamy and distracted scientific character. Looking at the glasses I was like “Whoa, no, I don’t want to be called Luna for the rest of my life.” No offense to Luna Lovegood! She is brilliant and talented, just I don’t really relate to her. Anyway, we settled on buying clear glasses but that is not the point of the story……
My point is that all of you out there should never forget that your words hold a lot of power. Choose them carefully, and as your story comes to life, your fans will learn from it and hopefully change the world.
Thanks for hearing me out,
PS: Feel free to comment on this post so me and my friends know if semi pep talks are actually helpful!