Acceptance- YES WE CAN

“What is she wearing?”

“How can she even walk out of the house like that?”

“I can’t believe that she would even think that outfit looks good on her.”    

These are the whispers that kids today hear in high school whether or not they want to hear it; teenagers judging each other without knowing what each other are going through. At Central High School, kids have whispered or just blatantly talked about kids not being cool enough to be in their social sphere  and they don’t want them around just because they are different or that they are not like them in one way or another.

I think this behavior is unacceptable and it needs to stop.

Judging people can stick with them for the rest of their lives. Little comments made in the hallways make people feel like they don’t belong or that they are not worth anything. I think that as Central students, we should start pushing ourselves to be more accepting of people. We’re going to be surrounded by people who are just different from us. We’re not always going to be surrounded by people who agree with us, or who look like us, or have the same thoughts as us.

Differences are what make people who they are and if we don’t accept them, then that can start to have a negative impact on their lives. This negative impact can be from anywhere from feeling like they are a ghost in a big school to thinking that this life is not worth living.We should also start accepting people because it will open our eyes to a whole new world and how all people are unique and different in their own way.

How can we start accepting people? Well the first thing we could do is to go up to each other  and apologize. Don’t just stop there. Befriend them, and then learn what makes them different or unique and learn to value that about that personacceptance3. During these conversations, you might be surprised to know that you may have things in common with the person you have been talking about. You might learn something new and that’s not a bad thing.  If you see a new kid sitting by themselves go up and introduce yourself it may be the difference between someone thinking that everyone is cruel or that it is their chance to be accepted.

Everyone has a different story, everyone has a different culture then you should be accepting of that and be open to learning new things.   

There are so many ways that you can start accepting people for who they are it starts with just being kind  and having the mindset that there are people out there who are not the same as you are and that’s worth celebrating.

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