How does one describe the time that passes on ever so quickly. And sadly enough, if you sift through the news articles carefully, you will see many more deaths of young people happening. I have to wonder why this is happening. I am not only talking about the ones that have some sort of bullying or cyberbullying involved. What about the mental health aspects. Just today, I became aware of four young people who were distressed in some manner. Anxiety and fear were big factors. As adults, it is easy for us to think and say to the young person involved — ‘It’s okay, this will pass.’ or ‘If you think of something else.’ or ‘Go talk to someone.’ The kids are sometimes afraid to talk to someone about their feelings because they don’t want others to know they aren’t strong enough… OR … they don’t want to talk about it for fear their parents will find out something … OR … their friends will find out and make fun of them. We so have to teach our children and youth to ‘talk it out’ with someone they feel comfortable with. Help is never far away and comes in many forms. Words!! Shoulders!! Soft teddies!!! Hot chocolate!!
I am starting to put visions together. Amanda wanted a ‘Dream of Helping Other Kids’. If she only knew how many she has reached already, she would be both amazed and surprised. This weekend I attended an Authors Book Signing in Vancouver BC. Thank you to the Sheraton Wall Centre for the ‘Room with the View’ plus the special treats that were delivered into the room. I have never been to an authors signing before. It was fabulous. With the initiative of a book blogger, 16 authors wrote a put together Short Stories for Amanda which is available through Amazon. (There will also be a hard edition available soon.) During this weekend, I got to personally meet each author and got to know a few of them more personally. It is amazing what they have done in a short time. Proceeds of the book sale will go to the Amanda Todd Legacy – the dream of helping other kids. After the book event, there was an evening concert where some there was a benefit concert for the younger generation of kids. It was loud. It was rocking. Amanda would have loved it.