So when I was 13 there was a girl whom I suspected was in a gang and she once caught me looking at her nose piercing while I was waiting for my bus and went “What? What? You have a problem? What you staring at?” And I was terrified because that’d mean you’re about to get beaten up but then I said the first thing that came to mind which was “Sorry, I just realised that you’re very pretty.” And then she had this look of complete blankness and was unable to speak for a solid 10 seconds before mumbling “Oh, thanks.” Then my bus arrived and I got off after saying a quick “You’re welcome!” And counting my lucky stars that I kept my head.

To this day I can’t believe how lucky I was.

You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything… affects everything.
—  Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why
If you hear a song that makes you cry and you don’t want to cry anymore, you don’t listen to that song anymore.
But you can’t get away from yourself. You can’t decide not to see yourself anymore. You can’t decide to turn off the noise in your head.
—  Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why