Perhaps my generation is a little different… OK, it is different. Where most of today’s young people have grown up with technology readily available, I grew up as technology grew up. Atari, anyone? Duck Hunt?
This may seem a little strange to write about, but just bear with me here and you’ll see the point of this post.
About two weeks ago I was leaving my Rise of the Atlantic Empires lecture and needed to pop into the loo. I headed down to the bottom floor of the Tower to use the ladies room and entered one of the stalls. Lo and behold: graffiti.
It was a very different kind of graffiti than what I was used to. In my day – and maybe it still happens these days, but it’s been 14 years since I left high school, so I couldn’t tell you the last time I was in a school restroom – you would see things like, “Janie did XYZ” or “4:20 y’all”, etc. Typically derogatory, sometimes a wee graphic, and generally negative.
In that middle stall in the restroom I came across something completely different. I came across depression and encouragement; fear and sympathy. I found a wall covered in anonymous worries with positive responses. Anonymity tends to lead to honesty, and that honesty is literally written on the walls.
We all have struggles, some of us just hide it better than others or they aren’t so severe that they can’t move around that roadblock. Others, however, can feel as though they’re treading water in the pitch black; one missed kick from drowning.
Ask for help. It’s not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. To fight for life and to fight for a better foothold in this life is extraordinarily commendable.
Between the university and public and private organizations, there is a place to walk in or call to vent, cry, be talked off a ledge, and/or find a bit of guidance when the world feels unsteady under your feet.
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