For youth everywhere who have lost their way
Continually: their shrines and their check-ins and self-gratification, posting selfies daily to an unknown audience, sabotaging themselves for an ideal that is impossible to keep.
For youth everywhere, struggling to love themselves.
Stolen years and numbed dreams, potential lost to the cyber world. Always striving to reach the unattainable persona. Tweaking, tweeting, twerking, transcending, transforming, and transpiring, yet only tainting their soul.
For youth everywhere who have lost the ability to socialize.
Communicating by texts and posts, responding in memes and emojis. Gone are the socials. Gone is the sphere to deal with conflict and joy. All interactions moving along the cyber world. They need to learn to maintain eye contact or participate in meaningful conversation. Lost is their ability to connect.
For youth everywhere, yours is a hard lot.
Exposure to technology is what you know. Connecting to friends is a struggle outside of screens. Time spent together feels foreign. How do we include you in the village? How do we reclaim your soul? You are important. You have value. You have a place. How can we change this destructive black hole of youth?
To youth everywhere, I am sorry we wronged you.
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What transpires when Stephanie Daich observes life? She creates stories. What happens when you read her stories? Your imagination comes to life. Stephanie Daich works in corrections and writes for the human experience. Examples of magazines and books you will find her work in are Making Connections, Youth Imaginations, Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul: Kindness Matters, and others.