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Our Sad Lives
by Johnny Lane
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Our Sad Lives and how we treat others and how we judge them for who they areÖ
You know what? Iím sick and tired of us guys only going for the hot girls! I'm not saying its bad to go out with one, but itís just that we forget about those who aren't exactly the hottest or the prettiest.......I've watched and heard us guys say, "Did you just see her? Man; she is ugly" or something mean like that when they don't even know her! This goes for you girls too! Why do we judge people for what they look like, their life style, or even what group they hang out in?

Why does that matter? Why would it matter? You know what? I see so many problems these days with people it makes me sad. How can we treat people so cruelly when we don't even know him or her? I got something else to tell you as well for you people who are skateboarders, preps, nerds, and other group out there! Why can't we just be friends with each other? I see people everyday say something mean like "O looky there here comes a Prep!Ē Or "Man that guys needs to put some decent clothes on!Ē Or "He is a low-life"! We shouldnít label people or call people names.

That isn't all I have to say. You know what? If you are one of those people who say that isn't true or that doesn't happen and you keep doing this stuff. How would you like to have things said about you that aren't true? Even if they are true why should others say negative stuff about you? Be a real person! Treat others how you would want others to treat you! Itís the golden rule.

I watch people do this day to day. Teens, adults, and even kids! Why do we criticize people? Well thatís a hard question to answer because most people don't even know Y they are saying mean stuff about others! Well I think it has to do with them not being the same........so what if they aren't the same! Do you want people to make fun of you? Probably not! Then why do you do it too other people? Iíve done the same thing, but itís wrong.

Also I have been hearing from friends and family about how great this thing I wrote was and they are all like this is so true and other stuff like that! Then days later they are right back at it........I can't believe after they read this they were still doing itÖcalling people names and stuff! I wonder what this world is coming too! I know its coming to an end sometime, but I don't know when it will. Who does? Well anyway; if people were only nice to each other we wouldn't have as many problems in this world. One of the biggest things we struggle with today is criticism.

Society today is a world of people that are different in all ways! Some have the same beliefs others don't, some are different colors, some are from different countries, and some are just from different groups and types of people! We are all different in our own little ways! But still we criticize others just because they aren't like us! There is Racism, Sexism, and many other things we judge people by! You maybe Goth, Emo, Geek, Prep, skater, and any other group but you still get criticized by someone else that isn't like you!

Why does that happen? ITíS BECAUSE THEY ARE DIFFERENT!!! Why are they different? Because God made us that way! They were born a different color and didnít choose to be that way. That doesn't give you the right to judge him or her just because he or she is a different color or race.

I shall tell you a story about myself and these experiences........I'm about 15 years old and Iím going into high school I live with my mom, but sometimes I go to my grandpas and just stay there for a while. My life isn't near perfect nor is it great. I've seen a lot of things in my life that probably wasn't very good. Of course Iíve lied, cheated, and done bad things like everyone does. Itís all part of life because we are all sinners. I admit Iím a pretty bad sinner. You could say Iíve done it all, but I know that I haven't done everything that some people have done. Lately I haven't been doing so well in school and my grades have dropped real low.

One reason why is because Iím kind of depressed about some things with my Dad dying and my grandma dying as well and just stuff like that. I don't exactly consider myself to be in any group. I'm not Prep, a Skater, a Goth, or any of those. I'm just another teen who just hangs out with pretty much everyone. Which probably isn't very good. Believe me Iíve criticized people all the time and I never did once think about how it could hurt or affect them. I've called people some pretty harsh names, and done stuff to people that probably wasn't very nice. I called a friend a terrible once because all my other friends were saying it and I just wanted to fit in.

And now she won't even talk to me! I can't really recall anyone saying anything to me that was mean besides a "selfish jerk" which is pretty bad too me. It makes me sad to think that someone would call me a selfish jerk. I wonder now how she feels about me calling her that name. If I was in her shoes I guess I would be really sad. Because it hurts too see a friend call you names and laugh at you. I wish I could go back in time and change everything. I bet everyone does at least once in their life!

I want you to take this to heart and remember why we shouldn't criticize people. If people criticize you give them this and tell them to think about it some. Maybe they will have a change of heart. Don't read this and then days later start doing it again. I want you to take this with you and remember it. I hope you were touched by this. Itís struck a chord with me and I plan on checking myself every so often. I would be glad if you told others about this and or you could just tell them yourself. I'm truly grateful that you read this and I thank you very much.

Written by: John Michael Lane II

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