Amelia Dellaripa

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Take. A. Nap.

Everyone needs a nap. You need a nap. Your teacher needs a nap. Katy Perry especially needs a nap. A nap has never been needed all over the world but unfortunately, that’s where we are now.

Keeping up with “social norms”, waking up extra early just to fall back asleep in first block, and joining clubs just to beef up your resume has finally caught up with us. And let me tell you, this is why everyone is being so mean to each other. You’re also probably hungry, so go eat a Snickers because “You’re not you when you’re hungry”. AND GO TAKE A NAP.

If we all just paused the reality show: “Keeping Up With Society”, and took a nap I’m sure a lot of first world problems could be solved. For example, according to The Business Insider, “Total spend for Black Friday weekend reach[ed] roughly $59.6 billion”! But there are still homeless people on the streets begging for basic survival items? And there are places on Earth that don’t have a regular access to clean water? I mean, how does that make any sense? But if our minds were refreshed from a nice nap, then I’m sure people’s very narrow mindset would be widened. Then, they would be able to see how wasteful they are being and how they are taking their first world conveniences for granted.

Take a minute and think about all the people in your life that do something for you. It doesn’t have to be somebody you know personally, but just close your eyes (maybe take a nap while you’re at it) and think. Now, how many of them have you actually told “thank you” or “I appreciate you”? I bet not very many. Open your minds to realize that you are being selfish. Go and thank them. Make it a habit to say “thank you” regularly and while we are listening to me, go take a nap.

I am very sure that prevalent problems in society, like bullying, would decline if we took a break from everyone and the world. But, I am still in the first world mindset that most of society lives in. If I expand just a bit, the issues get even worse. “There are 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.” Shocking right? I didn’t know that slavery still existed today, but that’s only because it’s just getting swept underneath the ‘Blockhead Carpet’ of society. Thanks to an investigation from Dosomething.org, “Nearly ½ of the world’s population – more than 3 billion people – live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty…” But over $200 is spent annually on lottery tickets. This is ridiculous! Take a nap and dream about how to use your money wisely- help other people out!

We just need to take a nap. Something as simple as a nap. It doesn’t have to be a long nap either, just something to clear our minds. It is crucial that people start to widen their view and see that there are so many things that need to be fixed. Because if we don’t, we will cause our own downfall.