Even Barbie Thinks Mental Health Matters
Today in proof that things are looking up: Barbie just talked about a mental health issue! Feeling blue, to be specific, but we'll take it. We all know that Barbie is known to be many things. She's always seen as happy, positive, a role model to a lot of kids, and not to mention, pretty. But she isn't exactly the first person that comes to mind when it comes to discussing social issues like mental health. Until a video of her talking about feeling very blue and opening up about living up to other people's expectations resurfaced.
In her vlog (yes, she has one!), she talked about what she usually does to combat the sad feeling and revealed that despite doing those things, nothing changes. "Sometimes, I still feel blue and then I feel guilty about feeling sad because I am supposed to be the upbeat, positive one all the time. I am known as being an upbeat person. But I'm not always. And I started to think, maybe I'm just really being unfair on myself. I don't always have to be upbeat and positive. And to expect that of myself is not fair. To camouflage myself, to fit into a mold of what I think should act or feel or think. That doesn't help anyone and it just gets you lost."
Before she ended her vlog, she left a friendly reminder:
"The key is knowing that you are not alone in what you feel. Everyone has felt the way you feel at some point. And knowing that makes me feel better about not feeling better."
Way to go, Barbie! A lot of young girls and adults alike expressed approval of her vlog topic and left wonderful comments. Here are some of them:
"BARBIE JUST ENDED DEPRESSION"
"This is so incredibly important. I've suffered from an anxiety disorder and depression since I was five, seeing this made me cry because it might help children who are in my position. I can not express how happy it makes me to see a video about mental health directed at children, and her advice is legit too, my therapist told me similar things."
"The moment when you're 16 and can learn new things from Barbie."
"... it is healthy that this kind of messages are given to girls around the world. Feeling sad or down are all acceptable and realising that is important as a society. GREAT SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY making videos with this messages."
Watch the full video below.
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Hi! It's been so long since I planned to post my story in another platform aside from wattpad and now here I am, hoping that my story can be featured here.
My story is entitle "Who Are You," it's a tagalog-english teen fiction story so I hope, those filipinos who visit here can read my story!
WHO ARE YOU: PRELUDE
Sinungaling na ba ako kung sasabihin ko sa inyo ang pangalan ko? Hindi ako sure kung anong sasabihin kong pangalan ko pero may nagsasabi sa aking wag nalang magpakilala sa inyo.
May gusto lang naman akong itanong... Paano kung may makilala ka sa kasalukuyan na nagpapaalala sayo sa nakaraan? Anong gagawin mo kung ang nakilala mo sa kasalukuyan ay may tinatago pa lang sikreto na kahit siya mismo ay walang alam pero may kinalaman sa iyong nakaraan? Anong gagawin mo kung ang dalawang ito ay may koneksyon? Anong pipiliin mo? Ang nakilala mo sa nakaraan? O ang nagpakilala bilang ibang tao sa kasalukuyan? Past? Or Present?
There was this guy I dated for a while but things didn't turn out well. I was so into him that one night I can't stop thinking about him, I've decided to send his MOM a message on facebook confessing how much I like her son. I wish it ended there but no. I had to make it so emotional, lengthy and detailed like the drama queen I am. Luckily, it went to message request so I'm hoping she hasn't really read it yet. Up until this day it makes me cringe whenever I think about it but hey, whenever it pops in my mind I make myself laugh too so thank you self for being unbelievably shameless and brave when it comes to love. I may age faster because I have made a lot of cringe-worthy moments that I constantly make faces out of embarrassment just reflecting on my antics but I know I've made more hilarious memories than what ifs and somehow that makes the disappointments feel more like assurances that I have gave it my all and I have lived as honest (maybe a little to honest) as I could. #ItsOnlyNatural #CanBnatural
I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!