You Can Do Anything

I was just a 15-year-old girl who was lying in her bed scrolling on her twitter feed because she couldn’t fall asleep.

I was just a 15-year-old girl who came across a tweet from someone she followed talking about possibly committing suicide.

I was just a 15-year-old girl who tweeted this person not to go through with it and other positive things to help prevent a life from being lost.

I was just a 15-year-old girl who came across another tweet from someone contemplating suicide.

I was just a 15-year-old girl who knew many people from school and online who were going through mental illnesses, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm addiction.

I was just a 15-year-old girl who realized that I can make a change in this world, regardless of my age.

I was just a 15-year-old girl who came up with an idea that I knew could make this change in the world.

I was just a 16-year-old girl who was awarded for her efforts in advocating for mental health just a year after launching her idea.

I am just a 17-year-old girl who has been running an initiative aiming to prevent suicide, self-harm, and eating disorders by pairing people as buddies for the past two and a half years.

I am just a 17-year-old girl who wants you to know that one decision can impact you for the rest of your life. You can change thousands of lives with just one idea. Don’t hold back from wanting to create a change. Everyone in this world is capable of doing something incredible. Don’t let fear hold you back, you can do anything.