The Rollercoaster Known as Life

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Hailey Pedersen, Reporter

2018 is officially beginning to take its permanent presence within our lives. We’ve finally accepted that, although the year has changed, our life hasn’t all that much. Many of our dreams and goals have altered, but we are all still in the same beautiful bodies that we were in two weeks ago; we have the same clever brain, the same unpredictable heartbeat, the same stunning eyes, the same deep roots, and the same unforgettable past. New numbers will never change that. Nevertheless, we all also know that this year won’t be much different. The days will still be unforeseeable, and life will continue to have its ups and downs; life will still be a roller coaster.

    We have all experienced the low parts of life. We are familiar with hurt, confusion, pain, and everything in between. You will continuously meet negative obstacles. It is okay to not be okay. You may reach a time this year in which you are faced with negative feelings that overwhelm you, feelings that are caused because you are encountering things like loss, trauma, depression, or anxiety. It’s okay to not be strong. We are only human, and it is only natural, but please don’t let go. Although it may feel like nothing is okay and never will be, things will get better. You will reach the top of that roller coaster, a top full of happiness, love, and hope. You will find it, I promise.

    With that being said, don’t hesitate to ask for help. You are not alone, and there are so many people out there who can relate. There are people who care so much about you and your well being, who care about your life and what you are feeling whether you believe it at the moment or not.

    Listed below are numbers that you can call if you ever feel like you, or someone you know, needs help. You can also reach out to those around you, like your teachers, peers, friends, and even a random stranger.


Take a deep breath. It is going to be okay.


Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

Drug Abuse National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE

United Way Crisis Helpline: 1-800-233-HELP