"13 Reasons Why" Provides Life Lessons & Insight

There is no denial that the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why is leaving everyone in tears. Teenager Hannah Baker (played by Katherine Langford) leaves behind thirteen mixed tapes before committing suicide. At first, Hannah’s high school peers seem normal, similar to the high school in which you attended. However, once one rumor leaks out about Hannah, a snowball effect is created. Little did her friends know that these unfortunate events would be detrimental to her life.

This show will make you want to meet with the people you love and just enjoy their presence. Unfortunately, in the show, Hannah’s peers did not value her until she was gone. This is just one small reminder that we as a society are too quick to judge others. We need to spend a lot more time listening and reaching out, rather than ignoring something that might seem insignificant. Our generation always wants information quickly. We have become a society of “I need more to feel satisfied.” People have become more selfish towards their own needs that they often forget about others. Instead of talking to each other when we sit next to a stranger, we think that it would be less awkward to cast our eyes down towards our phones. The person sitting next to you could be hurting inside, yet you would never know because media is more important right? One compliment could change the way they see themselves, you might even save their life.

It will also teach you a valuable lesson about authentic friendship. Friends have the power to change you. Sometimes, they might not change you for the better. Bullying is still something that cannot be ignored. They may not always remember what is said or done to them, but the victims will remember how small they felt in those moments. It is crucial to surround ourselves with people who are going to be there for us through every bump. We are all unique individuals, and each one of us has a story to tell. We are not made to “fit” in, that is what makes us beautiful. Even our flaws need to be seen as something that needs to be valued instead of despised.

Start to enjoy the moments that are rare. Memories are far more valuable than material possessions. Laugh along with your friends, and smile often. Hold on to these moments like a camera captures pictures.

Through a journey of plot twists and suspense, this show will have you on the edge of your seat. The first mixed tape plays, “Don’t adjust whatever device you’re hearing this on, it’s me, live and in stereo. No return engagements. No encore and this time absolutely no requests. Get a snack, settle in, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life; more specifically, why my life ended.” So go ahead, grab a box of tissues, and a close friend or two, because you’re going to need them.