I have a huge, ginormous crush on the website known as tumblr. If you’ve never been on tumblr, you just won’t understand. It stores my memories, makes me laugh, and gives me ideas and inspiration. Of Tumblr, I’m a huge fan, but lately something has been bothering me: it appears that it is now trendy to be depressed.
This bothers me because not only does it downplay the very serious issue of depression, but it also feeds sadness you may have and blows it way out of proportion. When a bunch of insecure teens see that an image that says, “I hate myself” has hundreds of thousands of reblogs (a.k.a. super popular), they reblog it, claiming to be glad they’re not alone. This has to stop! Sadness should not be a trend — happiness and love and laughter should. Sure, sometimes things aren’t great, it’s okay to be sad sometimes (woah, Mr. Rodgers). You can’t be happy all the time — I know that. You can, however, attempt to make the best of your life. So with that being said, I present you all with a challenge.
The next time you are feeling sad, instead of clicking “like” on that status that says “No one cares; no one knows my pain”, think of what you have. Think about someone who loves you. Think about the impact your positivism could have. Name one thing you like about yourself. Blast a really happy song and dance around like an idiot. Compliment a stranger and watch it make their day. Spread love, not hate. Trend happiness.
Oh, and feel free to check out my personal tumblr, I try my best to post happy things. Get one of your own and do the same! Just be warned — you may become as addicted as I am.
About the Writer
At age 17, A.M. is a truly unique, versatile creature. Standing about five feet tall, she can be found roaming the wilderness or scouring the mall for a clearance rack. When at home, she procrastinates by writing her blog, anthropomorphity, which is about clothes, music, animals and life, or by posting meaningless but entertaining tweets on twitter.