Katy Perry’s new song, “Swish Swish” speaks me. It speaks to teen suicide.
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“Swish, swish bish/ Another one in the basket/ Can’t touch this/ Another one in the casket.”
It’s a fun song and empowering, but the lyrics are actually REALLY, REALLY important. I don’t know if KP intended this association, but when I listen to this catchy song, I immediately think of the distressingly high teen suicide rates.
Yeah, middle school/high school was rough on a lot of people, but most of us make it through just fine with a lil introspection, time and/or therapy. However, old souls operate under a tremendous amount of academic, peer, and self assigned pressure. I never had navigate through the trials and tribulations as teen. My most embarrassing and upsetting moments were limited to just me and few witnesses and for the most part, made me who I am today. Our gossip traveled fast enough via paper notes and lockers. I can’t imagine what it is like to go through adolescence with online bullying, revenge photos, and instal-famous classmates. I hear adults talk about how “the struggle is real,” but for teens and old souls “the pressure” is just as real. The pressure to fit in, to look a certain way, to have certain possessions and lifestyles, to be liked and to get likes, it’s all very real and it takes a toll. Hopefully TOSP readers will grow up and go on to live happy, productive adult lives without any f*cks to give cause they spent them all in high school.
When I listen to Katy Perry’s song, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes, “Never fear getting old because it is a privilege denied to many.” According to teenhelp.com, “suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death of young persons aged 15-24.”
Some teens and young adults will be able to move from those difficult times and bullies and will be able to make it in the basket, but so many others won’t…. Another one WILL end up in the casket…and that really upsets me. It upsets me, but it also motivates me to get off my butt and do what I can to help reverse these statistics. That’s why I created this blog to begin with.
Any artist that uses their platform to give even an ounce of hope to those struggling is super awesome in my book. So share Katy Perry’s song. Share my blog. Whatever. Just share with one another. Share positive thoughts and energy. And share your thoughts with someone if you, or a friend is falling into depression and/or suicidal thoughts.