Hello to all the BRAVE people in the world!

For today's Editor's Choice, I think I want to do something a bit different. I want to talk to you all about two tv shows that I've found and what thinking these shows have provoked in me. I never would have thought, that ordinary tv shows that are purely for entertainment, would make me think about how I view life and how I could change. 

The first is "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". Kimmy is a 29 year old woman who moves to New York City after being trapped in a cult for 15 years in a small town in Indiana. Although she knows no one, and doesn't even know how the world works in the new decade, she is able to find a place to live, find a job, and even enroll into a GED program to get her high school diploma. 


Initially upon watching, I was convinced that this would be another comedic show with no plot, merely something for people to laugh at. I was rather surprised when I realized that Kimmy was actually teaching us to never give up. Hence the title "Unbreakable". I can tell you now, if I was kidnapped at 15 and forced into a cult where I was brainwashed and trapped for 15 years, I don't think that I would have as much resilience as Kimmy. I know this is merely a tv show, something fake, but it pulls from real life. After all she has been through, she still finds a way to put her past behind her and move on, trying to make her life better than what it was. I think that often times, we forget to keep going in life when bad things happen to us. We often dwell on them and in turn, they make our lives worse than before. Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves and relying on our bad experiences to shape who we are, we should learn from them and try to show how strong we are because of them. Be UNBREAKABLE! 

The second is "The Good Place". Eleanor is a young woman who wakes up in the afterlife, in a heaven-like utopia called The Good Place. This place is designed for people who have done the ultimate good in their life, people who are righteous. However, she soon begins to realize that she was sent there accidentally, and now has to hide her morally imperfect behavior from everyone, by learning how to be "good". 


Like the first show, I honestly thought it would be something really funny, something that wouldn't make you think twice of your own behavior. However that wasn't the case. It almost makes you think twice about everything you do, but it shouldn't. We shouldn't only do good things because we're scared that we won't be able to go to the The Good Place once this life is over. We should do good things all the time because we should be good people all the time. I know it's impractical to be good all the time, but if we try our hardest, it's possible. No matter how small the task is, no matter how insignificant it may seem, every choice we make has the potential to be a good one, should we make it one. In the show, after Eleanor discovers she was placed there accidentally, she makes it her mission to be a good person. She wants to learn to be selfless, something that I think that everyone can benefit from being. We all should be good people, even if it means we don't get to go to The Good Place. We should be good because that's what the world needs. 

So BRAVE people, what can you change in your life to be unbreakable? What can you do to be a good person all the time, even if it means getting no reward? 

Stay awesome friends, 


Editor's ChoiceBrooke Perkins