5 Movies You Can Watch If You Still Can't Get Over 13 Reasons Why
It's been daaays since we finished watching Netflix's 13 Reasons Why and yet we're still not over it. We thought the book was already heartbreaking, but the series was even more heart-shattering. Huhu! It got us thinking about all the issues teens are facing helplessly that we might not even know about. So to help you (and ourselves, too!) become more sensitive towards other people, the people around us, we made this list of movies you can watch that will encourage you to always be kind to people...because we are all fighting our own battles in this world.
- Before I Fall
This movie, based on Lauren Oliver's book of the same title, tells the story of popular girl Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) who dies in a car accident. She wakes up the next day, on the same morning of the accident—over and over and over again. She lives on that day alone and tries to make sense of her life. In the end, Samantha notices the things she's missed before...like how much she affects the people around her.
- The Edge of Seventeen
Navigating through your teen years requires everything in you. It's hard to process your emotions and feelings about everything, to find someone—even just one person—who will understand. Those struggles and living through all of them is what Edge of Seventeen is all about. Hailee Steinfeld's Nadine faces a ton of problems, which she tells her teacher Mr. Bruner (Woody Harrelson) who gladly and hilariously gives her some advice.
- It's Kind of a Funny Story
Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini, It's Kind of a Funny Story tells the story of Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) who voluntarily checks himself into a psych ward after feeling all the pressures of life and being a teenager. While in the ward, he makes friends, meets a life mentor, and finds love...all while learning how to navigate through life and its messy parts.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Charlie (Logan Lerman) tries to live a normal high school life after he's discharged from a mental health care institution. He then meets Sam (Emma Watson) and her stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller), and they all help each other get through high school. Based on Stephen Chbosky's novel of the same title, Perks shows us that we really are stronger together and that most of the time, you just need someone who listens and understands.
- The Breakfast Club
There's a good reason why this 1985 movie became a classic. If there's one thing 13 Reasons Why reminds us, it's that there's so much more to people than what we see on the surface. In the same way, The Breakfast Club gives us five common stereotypes and how there's something deeper in each of them...if only we take our time to get to know them better.
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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.
And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.
Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.
Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”
Here's my two cents on the letter, call for help of our medical frontliners. Let’s hear what our healthcare workers have to say and try to understand it from their point of view, they have every right to criticize how this medical crisis is being handled by the government... after all, they're the experts on the topic. Though we see the frontliners as heroes in our eyes, the lack of concrete plans from the government to combat COVID-19 makes them feel otherwise. Healthcare workers are already starting to voice out how they feel as though they are being sacrificed as they follow through their sworn oath. We wouldn’t send our soldiers to war unarmed and without a concrete plan; the same should be expected for our frontliners. How can we send them to battle without proper gear? Why is there still a debate on whether mass testing is needed or not when the experts on that field continuously insist its importance in flattening the curve? Why is this still not the priority when it’s literally our lives on the line? It’s not like the medical experts demanding for mass testing are just stating their opinion about this mindlessly, they studied this laboriously. Make them feel heard so that all the sacrifices that they’re doing and all the deaths of their colleagues are not in vain. More than the words of praises, what our medical professionals truly need right now is TANGIBLE support. Here is to hoping they get that soon. @errren.22
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Here is a photograph taken yesterday from the photo shoot I did in our house. ? I really love dressing up and being dolled up, it makes me feel great and confident of who I am ?
I was actually hesitant to post these pictures of mine. My sister eveb asked me to change my Facebook Profile Picture and it took me hours to decide if I should. But, I realized that this is me, the real me. I should be confident of my body and of who I really am.
At the end of the day, I dress up not for other people but for myself ? To all the ladies out there and even gentlemen who are taking a second to think if they should post their pictures, worried about what will others say their body, remember that we just need to be just ourselves. Be confident and let us support each other ? Let us be friends! IG: @romynaaaaaaa_