Drown MAG

January 19, 2012
By Mantequilla SILVER, Eagan, Minnesota
Mantequilla SILVER, Eagan, Minnesota
8 articles 0 photos 79 comments

Do you know what a drowning person looks like? I can tell you – it's not flailing and screaming. The person goes down slowly and quietly. He flails, but not visibly. Then he slowly slips under.

The truth is, people drown every day, and not just in water. First comes the stress. Homework, relationships, work, changes. It weakens them little by little. Then someone makes fun of them, sneers at them for no reason, tells them they'd be better off dead. Dead. They sink lower. They start reaching out for something to grab. But then they start to consider it. If they really did die, who would cry? Who would even notice? Who would miss them? What have they done that people would remember? These thoughts lead to depression, and they go completely under. All the stress hurts them. Damages them. And their mind focuses on one line of thinking. I don't matter. Everyone hates me. I can't do anything good.

A captain on a snorkeling ship has to watch. It's his job to check and see that everybody's okay. He can recognize the signs that someone is drowning. What about you? Look around. Do you notice someone who seems to be struggling? Reach out and give her a hand. Or are you embarrassed to associate with people who are not in your “crowd”? Do you think the captain would let someone die because he was afraid to get his clothes wet? No. But the real question is …

Would you?

The author's comments:
This was inspired after reading drowning signs from a Reader's Digest. I knew them before, but the connection from drowning to real life came from...probably somewhere. But that's besides the point. I hope people choose to leave their bubble and look for drowning people.

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Arti.M BRONZE said...
on Feb. 23 2017 at 4:48 pm
Arti.M BRONZE, Tirana, Other
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Fantastic story and it is very true.

on Sep. 14 2015 at 3:57 pm
A.Qisblackwidow, Torrance, California
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Favorite Quote:
"It takes courage to become who you really are" e.e cummings

Wow. This was really great. I loved it.

on May. 27 2015 at 4:13 pm
Scribbler16 BRONZE, Hartland, WI, Wisconsin
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Amazing, I love this. I hope you can write more!! :D

on Apr. 13 2015 at 10:40 am
Benjamin Halperin, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
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This is a great story that is very true.

on Feb. 15 2014 at 2:23 pm
TanviKusum DIAMOND, Gurgaon, Other
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Favorite Quote:
All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.
Orison Swett Marden

"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." - Anais Nin

we speak in hushed voices so as to not wake our memories

This is absolutely true. Sometimes you feel all alone even when there are people around you, it's always a good idea to make people around you feel that they are important because in this world we slowly forget what we are living for.

SmileySami said...
on Sep. 16 2013 at 5:46 pm
This is amazing! You are a very talented writer!

on Jul. 26 2013 at 12:37 am
Lost_In_Space BRONZE, Mt. Prospect, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
-Albert Einstein

This is a ver good way of descriping stress, and slowly sinking under, I think that this piece of writing, might just save some lives

on May. 15 2013 at 5:17 pm
Mantequilla SILVER, Eagan, Minnesota
8 articles 0 photos 79 comments
Thank you so much! :)

on May. 15 2013 at 1:23 am
supertigerMMC GOLD, Milpitas, California
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Favorite Quote:
"I am leg." -Jengabin Nankfrlin

I really like all of your stories, but I'd have to say this is my favorite. I've drowned both ways, but in both situations, I've been able to pull myself out of it, but I can definetely relate to that. Your style is really amazing and keep up the great work!! I'm looking forward to reading more of your stories!!

on Mar. 15 2013 at 10:14 pm
bookmouse BRONZE, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Great analogy! I feel like it explains it well. It was well written too! 

laila_265 GOLD said...
on Feb. 26 2013 at 11:30 pm
laila_265 GOLD, Houston, Texas
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This is awesome!! I love the ending- a challenge to everyone. And I like how you began and ended it with literal drowning, but also related it to the other ways that so many people "drown." Very relatable- great job!

Plume BRONZE said...
on Jan. 16 2013 at 12:52 pm
Plume BRONZE, Milano, Other
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this is wonder ful !!!! its so inspiring. keep on writing!!!! pls check out my work it would mean a lot

Patty Blount said...
on Sep. 14 2012 at 12:07 pm
What an amazing post. I hope people read it and see themselves in it. I've long been maintaining that it's the bystanders all anti-bullying programs need to address. 

on Jul. 15 2012 at 1:34 pm
Mantequilla SILVER, Eagan, Minnesota
8 articles 0 photos 79 comments
Thanks! And fo shizzle.

on Jul. 5 2012 at 4:14 pm
Shahiro PLATINUM, Johnston, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
"Soon we must all choose between what is right and what is easy." - Dumbledore (Goblet of Fire)

wow!!!!!! really powerful... way to send messege after messege through one idea!!!!!!!!!

ps. will u please check out my work??????????????????????   =D


on Mar. 3 2012 at 4:31 pm
Smile-And-Wave-Boys. SILVER, Rotherhithe, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down."
— Oprah Winfrey

Haha, well, thank you I suppose :)

on Mar. 2 2012 at 9:49 pm
Mantequilla SILVER, Eagan, Minnesota
8 articles 0 photos 79 comments
I should've figured. Almost every writer I've met has been a girl. Nothing against girls of course. In fact, 9/10 times girls are much more intelligent than boys. That's my 2 cents worth.

on Feb. 27 2012 at 11:48 am
Smile-And-Wave-Boys. SILVER, Rotherhithe, Other
8 articles 1 photo 38 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down."
— Oprah Winfrey

Haha thanks, and it's a she, but no biggie ;D

on Feb. 25 2012 at 10:33 pm
Mantequilla SILVER, Eagan, Minnesota
8 articles 0 photos 79 comments
Thanks Ant. It's cool to get comments from an *AWESOME* writer such as yourself. Thanks for the praise. It makes me feel good. And 'yall should read his(?) stuff. It's really good.

on Feb. 25 2012 at 11:56 am
Smile-And-Wave-Boys. SILVER, Rotherhithe, Other
8 articles 1 photo 38 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down."
— Oprah Winfrey

Omjeezums, first of all, it's so deep! The way you've linked bullying/depression/suicide to drowning is so clever, and so true. It's actually inspirational-most people who read articles on this matter can't relate, due to it mostly being just facts and information. But you've managed to link it to something real, and for that, I applaud you. Well done, keep writing! :D 


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