I used to belong to an ignorant world…

I remember being 8 years old… running around in school, without a care in the world. Exams were too easy, who cared about studying? The world was perfect… Friends and teachers (who were also friends) were all around and no encouragement was needed, for I did well in everything. Everyone was well-liked. The world was perfect…

Now, that I'm older, I see the truth…

A few years back, when I was 12, I remember seeing this boy. He was pretty arrogant on the outside, and, admittedly, I didn't like him at first. The teachers always scolded him for having the wrong attitude and not handing in his projects and homework on time… Once I was also late in handing up my project, and the teacher was scolding him, "It's ALWAYS like that! Why can't you just do anything right?!" Then the teacher threw his paper onto the ground. The boy went out, and I saw him crying behind the door, hiding… I went over to comfort him, or tried to. But alas, pride was the most important thing for him, and he made me go away. I didn't tell his friends classmates that he was crying, for that will make them tease him more. But now I regret not insisting on being his friend.

Now, walking around, I see little 10-year old kids with parents that don't like each other anymore… There was this family that went out to eat, but they didn't seem like a family because the kid's parents weren't talking. Avoiding eye contact always… The girl was trying desperately to get her parents to talk, to no avail, only the slightest of the smallest smiles and the tiniest of the smallest conversation.

I read the newspapers every day, only to find the kindest of people dying of cancer, with no one to accompany them in their last moments of life. Innocent people were murdered by those mentally ill. And they died because those around the mentally ill people did not bother to help the mentally ill. Why are people so selfish?

I hear about teenagers getting pregnant at 16, all because of a moment of folly. Then they either abort the child or become a single mother and ruin the rest of their lives. Otherwise, her parents would force the child-father to marry the girl.

Why is the world like this?

And to think I used to belong to an ignorant world…

A/N: Random, but true…. The world's harsh out there. It's just you, but if you're lucky, you'll have someone to accompany you through it all. Please review! Arigato!