In this edition of Throwbacks of Es, I chose one of my favorite rock songs, P.O.D.'s Youth Of The Nation. Before I go into why I chose this song, I have one question: WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT SOME P.O.D?!!! Nothing. Thought so. Lol Anyways, on a serious note I have two reasons for choosing this song.
First of all, it's just a really dope song, sonically. The melodies, the production, the last hook on this song-amazing. I just always loved listening to this song. Secondly, I know the country is finally taking the issue of bullying in school seriously. But even with school officials and the government intervening and taking serious action against those who bully others, bullying can still have a horrific effect on the person who suffering from the action. (Confession time) I was often bullied through the years in school for various reasons and I it took a toll on me. Not everyone is able to cope with being bullying well and able to overcome it. Some turn to sex, other to drugs, and unfortunately, some turn to suicide. We've seen the stories on the news about it and I even lost a friend to it.
Let me tell you a story of something that happened recently. A young kid in my church acted out and pretty much threw a large table at me while my one year old godson was standing right next to me. He was extremely angry and I knew it wasn't cause I was reprimanding him for not listening to instructions. I took him aside and was like, "So what exactly is your problem?" He started to cry. He said he was being bullied in school and never said anything about it therefore the anger was just built up inside of him and he acted out. I told him that he can't do that and that he needs to talk to someone about it because letting your emotions get the best of you could put him and others in great danger. I now text him during the week to make sure he's okay and let him know that if he needs someone to talk to, I'm always there for him.
Bullying is not something to take lightly. It's not something you can just get over. I know not a lot of young kids read my blog like that, so to my older people, help a young one if you can. Just be there for them and hear them out. It can make a huge difference. It could even save a life. I think Youth Of The Nation was somewhat ahead of it's time because it is so relevant to what is going on now. This song has a powerful message that's being told through the stories they tell. So everyone, watch the video, enjoy the music, and reflect. Love each other, and love yourself.