January 18, 2013
Today was an incredible day. I’ve never cried so much at school. The Rachel’s Challenge assembly definitely did not disappoint but I think the training session I went to afterwards really topped my experience off today. I had already researched and read about Rachel and the Columbine High School shootings so I knew about it before the assembly but seeing the news footage and the clips of the families was a lot to take in. I know the Sandyhook shooting took place recently and I can’t imagine what it must’ve felt like to be in the situation of those that were affected. Aside from Rachel’s story, I really admire the message that Rachel’s challenge sought to teach us. It wasn’t so much facts and figures about anti-bullying but instead the speaker, Ali conveyed Rachel’s theories of bring about kindness and compassion to those around us to ward off the negativity and thus shining the light on those caught up in dark times. I felt so honored today getting the opportunity to hear peoples’ stories. I was too scared to go up and share mine but I was so moved by listening to everyone else’s story. So many people were crying but I felt that while we all took the time to share some of the hardships we experienced or were currently experiencing allowed us to share some of that pain but it was okay because in one way or another we were able to relate or sympathize.
I’m guilty of keeping things to myself but I’m working on it. It’s hard but try talking to other people. Yes, a lot of people think hey, they’ve got problems of their own so I don’t want to bother them with mine. I know I do that but sometimes you might end up talking to someone going through something similar as you. You don’t have to be alone in your battles.
I’m excited for some of the changes we might slowly start seeing in our community. I learned so much today. Not just about how you should act but also of the people closest to me. I don’t look at them any different but I’m glad I know them a little better now.