Who told you that you had to grow up?

Of course, in each of our lives there comes a point in time where we must transition into “adulthood” and begin to take responsibility for our actions and finances, but who told you that you had to grow up? Who dashed away the twinkle that used to light up your eyes as a child? Who changed your mind about laughter and joy so that you no longer looked at the world as a beautiful place filled with wonder? Isn’t that what makes children so incredibly special after all? It’s the way that they giggle until there’s tears in their eyes, the skip in their step as they walk into class, and the hint of sadness when they have to leave the zoo. At what point was the wonder removed? Where did the precious innocence vanish to and how can it ever be retrieved?

For children, the world is a beautiful place filled with color and opportunity. It is a place where magic is possible, love is endless, and hope is barely understood since there’s never been a lack in their lives. Children live in a world so heavenly, so close to peace and perfection, that simple things create such joy within them that it cannot be contained. There comes a turning point though, a moment in time where children are exposed to the ugliness and brokenness of our world. They catch a glimpse of something that they were not meant to see or hear and a downward spiral quickly unfolds. Suddenly, the twinkle fades, the smiles disappear, the laughter hushes, the heartache sets in and our children become unrecognizable as they filter into the adult-shaped mold that we are expected to fit into.

It is heartbreaking, at best, to witness such a tragic event take place over and over, but it will not end unless we do something about. Until we learn how to keep the magic alive and instill value and purpose into the young hearts around us they will continue to mold into the darkness of the world. We must learn to be voices of hope. We cannot standby any longer watching the little ones be torn apart and left hopeless. There is no more room for waiting, we must act now. We must change the world around us. Depression is not a permanent label. It is not an answer to the way you are feeling – it is a response to the way your environment has treated you. In the same way, suicide is not caused by depression. It is encouraged by an environment that no longer nurtures its young or provides the necessary nutrition for survival.

Suicide and depression are responses to an environment of neglect.


ne·glect

/nəˈglekt/

the state or fact of being uncared for

Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child’s basic needs and is the most common form of child abuse. A child may be left hungry or dirty, without adequate clothing, shelter, supervision, medical or health care. A child may be put in danger or not protected from physical or emotional harm. 



 Ways you can instill hope in others when the world has left them neglected:

  1. Accept those around you for where they are currently at in life. You do not know what their struggles are or what demons they have to face. We all grow and blossom in our own time – and that’s okay. Accept them for where they’re at anyways.
  2. Show appreciation and gratitude to others, even if it feels undeserved. A little bit of thankfulness goes a long way. It shows that person that their efforts have not gone unnoticed and is always a great way to boost your own personal life. Even something as simple as saying “thank you” can improve a person’s day.
  3. Find what others are passionate about and give them the opportunity to do it. When people express love and interest in a particular field that brings them joy, this is usually a pretty good indicator that it is something linked to their ultimate purpose. When you see this passion in others, give them the opportunity to walk into their purpose, because without it people can quickly become hopeless.

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