By: Courtney Harrington
When it comes to being a high school student, it can become very easy to try and fit in with the crowd. Along with trying to figure out who they are, teenagers tend to be very judgmental of the peers that surround them.
During the four years that I have been a student here atFortMillHigh School, I have noticed that it is very common for teenagers to try and fit in with a certain clique by judging other people with hateful words. Does it pay off? The answer to that should and will always be no. What’s the point in judging someone else? Each person is unique, and every person struggles with his/her own separate battles.
Using harsh judgment as a way to try and make friends is not the way to get your name around. Cruel comments should never be a way for two or more teenagers to bond with one another. From the events I have witnessed at Fort Mill over the past few years, I have learned that nothing positive comes out of talking “smack” about another person. Personally, I believe that degrading another person degrades you as well. By putting down one or more of your peers, all you are doing is making people lose respect for you.
I, for one, know that I cannot say that I have never judged another person, but however, I can say that it has never made me feel good about myself afterwards. When you say something mean about one of your peers, how does it make you feel? Judgment can lead to feelings of regret and sorrow depending on the harshness of the comments made. Why not make the effort to give one of your peers a compliment instead? Nothing can go wrong when it comes to the power of nice words.
Each of us has the power to be a positive influence. Instead of looking for something mean to say about another person, challenge yourself to focus on the positive aspects of that person. Each of us atFortMillwas made separately and differently, and we all hold a special characteristic. Nobody should feel ashamed of who they are because they fear that he/she will be judged by his/her fellow classmates.
My challenge for you this week, Fort Mill, is to speak words of kindness to those around you throughout the halls this coming week. Positive words can most definitely lift a person’s mood significantly. Don’t you want to be able to say you were the reason behind that smile?