And why I’m still here

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For a long time, I dreamed of living in America. But recently, it’s been increasingly hard to remember why. Why did I come here, to a country so divided that it can’t process election results without the Capitol being attacked or protest for equality without forming conspiracy theories? A country that can’t provide its citizens healthcare during a global pandemic, a country where people go into debt because they can’t afford a house, medical bills, or an education? Is there anything left of the dream I once had about living here?

Many of my friends and family wonder why I don’t just go home. And honestly, after January 6th, the desire to leave this madhouse was stronger than ever. Conspiracy theories here and there, people fighting each other despite being brothers and sisters of the same country. The US seems to be sinking economically, humanely, politically and above all, morally. It’s like watching a plane crash happen in slow motion. A plane that has been flying too low for years. …


Poor representation leads to misinformation, stigma, stereotypes, and societal exclusion

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Unfortunately, a person with a disability is likely to face a life that includes experiences of exclusion, mocking, or feeling less than in some way or the other. Unjustly, the world is fit for really one type of person: an able one.

Exclusion easily becomes a part of the daily lives of persons with a disability, and the importance of accommodating persons with a disability is often overlooked; buildings without ramps or elevators deny access for those with a physical disability, television shows without sign language make it extremely difficult for many to be informed, and so on.

Another form of exclusion is that of the media. …


The forgotten children of a forgotten crisis

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As we are approaching Universal Children’s Day, celebrated every year on November 20th, children have been on my mind more than usual. This time of year, I tend to reflect on the things I have placed my focus on, and every single year I realize how little I have paid attention to the rights of the most vulnerable in this world: children.

This year has been difficult for everyone, adults and children alike. In many countries, there are differing opinions about whether or not children should go back to school because of the pandemic, but very little appreciation for the fact that the option of education is even available. …


But my life is so normal

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Picture by Getty Images via BBC

If you hold your hand 12 centimeters above a candle’s flame, you will sense the temperature of approximately 54 degrees Celsius. That’s the same temperature recorded in Death Valley earlier this year, that is; the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on earth.

Just another 3 degrees Celsius more, and we have the ideal temperature for cooked roast beef.

It’s an alarming experience, because that close to a flame the heat feels uncomfortable and dangerous.

What’s even more alarming, is the realization that this might be what our life on this planet comes to. Maybe not for our generation, but the one after. …


Why media literacy should be in the school curriculum

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50 years ago schools in America were still segregated. Religion was a part of daily school life; the day often started with a prayer and students were to study the Bible. School uniforms were used and women were less educated than men. Everything about the school system was different 50 years ago. The world has changed, and so has the education system. Social, economic, and other changes in each country influence what and how we think children should learn.


The presidency of the U.S is a global matter

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This morning I woke up to a pretty hostile private message from a user telling me to mind my own business, asking me why I care about the presidency of a country that isn’t mine.

Imagine being so ignorant that you think what your country does in terms of global affairs, climate change, and global economy affects only your country. Hah! Can’t relate.

Europe and the rest of the world has been watching aghast as the country once respected was taken over by a reality TV star who mocks disabled people, has yet to come up with a healthcare plan, is rude to women, doesn’t care about climate change, and the list goes on. His style of leadership is one that lacks grace and dignity. We have been watching from the sidelines as America has become more and more divided under a leader who incites polarization and hatred amongst his own people. …


In God We Trust. In Government, We Do Not

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Politics is undoubtedly on everybody’s mind as we nervously wait for the result of the 2020 election. For months on end, I have been following the increasingly heated political atmosphere of the US as a bystander who can’t vote. I have never been able to wrap my mind around why anyone would possibly vote for Trump, but as election day approached and the votes came in, it was clear: a lot of people do.

I’m genuinely interested why someone would choose to vote for him, so I asked. Interestingly enough, every single person I spoke with (not that I spoke with a ton) said they voted for him simply because they are afraid of the radical left and of the democrats. They are afraid of placing any more trust and control in the government, they want to vote for a president who ensures an individuals rights over the wellbeing of a society at large. …


When you wish you weren’t you

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2012, 18 years old

”Lose a kilo.”

That was what started it all.

I was a happy, 14 -year old girl, training to become a professional ballet dancer. I knew dancers were expected to be skinny, but the thought of my body not being acceptable had yet to cross my mind. I started crying hysterically because I felt mortified. Later that night, I ate a bowl of pasta, 16 cookies, and a chocolate bar. I felt better at first. Until I felt disgusting.

The next morning I stood in front of my mirror and looked at my body with a new, unfamiliar feeling. I didn’t like it. I placed my heels together and noticed that there was no gap between my thighs. I squeezed my stomach in, and I wasn’t able to wrap my hands around my waist. My ballet teacher had told me a ballet dancer should be able to do that. …


And is it always good?

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Last week, I babysat a six-year-old girl and felt utterly defeated. The whole evening, she begged me to let her play with her father’s iPad or watch a movie on Netflix. I suggested playing games, drawing, reading books, but she didn’t even have any books and said that drawing is boring. I didn’t want to give in, but she eventually had a temper tantrum and I was scared of the neighbors calling the cops so I let her play Mario Kart for three hours.

I sat on the couch next to her and felt saddened. I thought of my own childhood and the absence of technology. How many trips I took in my own imagination when I was drawing or playing or reading books. And how much all that creativity shaped me.


I deleted Instagram -and some things happened

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Photo by Free-Photos in Pixabay

Instagram is such a weird space. It’s a bottomless chest of inspiration and ideas, an incredible source of never-ending content to fill up all your days with. There is always something to discover, whether it’s new people, interesting facts, art, places to visit, anything. …

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Suvi Helena

26 -year old writer from Finland. I go through about six existensial crisises a day and cry when animals are too cute. Woop!

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