A Stellar Flare of Young Adult Writing and Visual Art
BY JAELA CHEN
The world we live in. It’s crazy. The fights, the riots, the hate. Kids play outside while parents talk, kids of all colors and races. Black, White, Hispanic, Asian we all are friends. Before we could not have even played together. Black people were never equal to white people. We are never treated right no matter the years. Right now 2020 we are facing a pandemic where we are losing each other one by one and we can’t do anything. The one thing we can do is connect and love.
It’s June, which means it is pride month. I am a strong supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and I think that it is wonderful to have a community where you can go and not be judged. People should be accepted no matter who they are or what they do. Their sexuallity should not define them or be judged based on that. A person is human, they have feelings and they have mental states. The purpose of this, is to get it through people’s heads that we are all equal and unique.
I struggle with an anxiety disorder. It does not affect my daily life but I do get anxiety attacks and there is nothing to do about it. This just shows that not everyone has the perfect mental state. Discriminating against a human because of their skin, race, sexuallity or ethnicity makes people feel less of themselves and could drive them to do unforgettable things.
Love is something that makes a person feel wanted and appreciated. Love is differently shown for everyone, but the only love that we need should be real. Love is not about gifts and surprises. It is about affection and being connected with the person you love. For example I love my mom. She is a strong brave woman who raised me and my sister by herself and went to work. She provides a roof over my head and food for me to eat. I appreciate and love her because she has done everything to make sure I have a perfect life. That is what love is.
With love comes loss. This is what we all dread. Even the thought of loss can ruin a day, but we all have to deal with it. It is a part of life and so is birth. It is good to be prepared for the moment. It will help yourself when you grieve.
I recommend that when you are going through a period of time when you are not yourself or something like a death happens you should talk to a friend. Friends can be more helpful than you know when you need them.
Another method that is really useful is taking time for yourself and taking care of yourself. Maybe change your style, do some shopping. Cut or grow your hair. There are many self care things to do. This helps get your mind off things because you are focusing on you and what you want to be. Set a goal and achieve it.
To send you off I want you to remember that you don’t need to change for somebody else. You are perfect and unique. PLEASE help support the Black community and the LGBTQ+ community!
Jaela Chen is 13 and she loves to use her voice to help others and to get equal rights. She is a mixed-race person who supports the LGBTQ+ community, the Black Lives Matter movement, and women’s rights.