You Never Know How Your Actions Affect People


With the popularity of Thirteen Reasons Why growing, I decided to write a blog about an impactful moment that I was a part of. I am a very open person so I want to share a very awkward memory that I had when I was a teenager. I think it’s important to share because sometimes you never know what will happen or how things will work out when you decide to do something. Sometimes what you do can really have an impact on someone else’s life, good or bad.

When I was in high school, I was in an organization called Civil Air Patrol which is an auxiliary of the United States Air Force. There weren’t that many girls when I first joined, but after a year or so there were at least a handful of girls. There was one girl named Melissa who was friends with the girls before she started coming to the meetings. The only person she didn’t know was me because my family didn’t live on base. I always had to have someone pick me up and take me to the meetings because we didn’t have a way to get on base. It was sweet of Melissa to invite me to her birthday party even though she didn’t know me. Her birthday party was going to be a bowling party and it was just going to be all girls. At the time, I was doing hand-painted tote bags so I made Melissa a tote bag that had Winnie the Pooh on it and her name in big letters. Her mom picked me up at a restaurant near the base and took me to the party. We waited for about 90 minutes before we realized that no one else was going to show up. It was so awkward because we weren’t friends, barely knew each other, and I was the only one who showed up to her party. I felt bad because she invited me thinking I would feel bad for being left out. Another 30 minutes went by and she decides to call her friend Emma. Apparently, Emma was with all the other girls that were supposed to go to the party and said she totally forgot about the party. I could tell that Melissa was sad because she told her she would just see her late instead of trying to meet up to try to salvage the party. I really hope that Melissa is okay because I never saw or heard from her after that. I had been sitting here trying to think of what to write, and this memory came to me, so I thought I would share just in case this helps someone make a friendly decision to help someone else.

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