I have just finished binge-watching the Netflix adaptation of the novel Thirteen Reasons Why, and I have to say it was probably a bad idea for someone who can be hyper-empathetic with a photographic memory and repetitive thoughts, but I’m glad I did.
It has to be the most thought-provoking, honest and compelling pieces of television I’ve ever seen, as well as the most disturbing, but for it to hit me that hard I think it achieved what it set out to do.
The show will upset people, it will haunt people, it will get people talking, and more importantly, it might make someone think twice about their actions and the influence it can have.
A few words or a small act that might seem insignificant at the time could have a lasting impact on someone and a knock on effect for further events to unfold. We will usually have no idea what is going on “behind closed doors”, so we need to be kinder. It might give someone a reason to overcome the obstacles they are facing, it might give them hope, and nothing is more important than that.
I won’t go too far into it on this blog, maybe I’ll touch on the subject one day, but it hit home for me, there were more than a few parallels. It’s been a stressful week with Autism Awareness Day/Week/Month, my annual Adult ADHD appointment and then watching this show has brought all of my nightmarish school memories back, images I have tried to erase.
Before viewing Thirteen Reasons Why I had a conversation with my husband about how I credit one small yet profound experience with someone to have saved my life. He thought it was ridiculous to put so much into someone I don’t know, and he wouldn’t be alone in that, but I can trace everything back step by step, and if that day never happened, I categorically would not be here. That person inspired me, gave me hope, respect and kindness. No, I don’t know them, but I’ll be forever grateful. Sometimes that is all it takes to trigger the events that change everything, be that for better or worse. Little things matter, everything matters.
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