Thoughts from Gen Z: Giving You Something to Think ‘Bout…

Thoughts from Gen Z: Giving You Something to Think ‘Bout…

Life & Community, Opinion, Stories
Giving you something to think ‘bout… Majallen Cespedes (AKA Jelly) Hey guys! It's Jelly! I feel like we haven't talked in a long time!  But here I am, new and improved as they say, giving you something to think about. During the time we have been apart, I truly believe that I've changed GREATLY as a person. My outlook on life, my level of maturity, my relationship with God, my way of thinking, how I handle stressful situations, pretty much everything, has changed for the better. Also, in my newfound maturity, I’ve come to realize that you will never succeed, be great, or receive any blessings when you look down on others, especially those with limitations or special needs. Everyone is equal regardless of their outward appearance or perceived limitations,…
Read More
Think’ Bout It

Think’ Bout It

Life & Community, Lifestyle
by Majallen Cespedes I can feel myself maturing every day, and I am becoming more independent. But, on the other hand it is scary because with maturity comes much more responsibility and very soon the realities of being a real grown-up.  Even though I want to grow up and have more freedom, I’m not too much in a rush! I suggest you don’t be either. Let’s face it- it just all seems like a lot…work, bills, kids to take care of, a home to maintain, marriage, etc., and that might not even know the half of it! I actually think I can wait…what about you? I think we are better off just planning for our futures now. That’s something else my mom is ALWAYS talking about, and it does kind…
Read More

Think ‘Bout It!: Family

Life & Community
Majallen Cespedes (a.k.a. Jelly) Thrive Detroit Youth Writer Hey guys, it’s Jelly! It’s seriously been awhile and I’ve seriously missed you all! I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out what to write, and with the help of a friend, it hit me like a ton of bricks—big, heavy bricks. Today I am going to be writing about the importance of family. At first glance, it may not seem like the most interesting or the most fun topic, but it’s important nonetheless. I think, if nothing else, you'll appreciate your family or those you regard as your family 10 times more after this. When I talk about the importance of family, I simply mean appreciating them while they’re here, because unfortunately, they won’t be here forever. None of us will,…
Read More

From One Young Detroiter to Another: Think ‘bout It

Commentary, Opinion
Hey, guys! It’s been awhile. Sorry for my absence, but trust me, I can make up for it. I hope you all have been doing well and using some of the advice that I give you, ya know, from kid to kid. Anyway, today I’m going to talk about going for what you want and achieving your goals. Now, I'm about 99% sure that you have all heard the phrase “follow your dreams,” and adults just blah blah blah about it. And trust me, from one kid to another... I know it’s against the “kids’ rule book” to pay attention to what they say, but as much as I hate to admit it, most of the time it’s some really good stuff. I mean, would it kill you to give…
Read More
Think ‘Bout It!

Think ‘Bout It!

Commentary, Opinion
Hey, guys! It's been awhile!  It took me a long time to figure out what I would write about this time. Someone suggested I write about the snow days we had, and all the school we missed, but that would have been a real short article. It would have gone something like ... “It was cold as heck... we missed lots of school, and I think I speak for kids everywhere: we were happy happy!" That about sums it up for us kids. So, I decided to write about something else, something just about everyone, kids and adults, struggles with: CONFIDENCE. Now, if you've been with me since day one, you may remember that my very first "Think 'Bout It" article was about being comfortable and proud to be yourself,…
Read More

Just Think ‘Bout It

Life & Community, Life Coaching
I don’t know how old you are, but I’m only 11 years old, and driving is one of the things I think about a lot when I think about getting older.  But, after reading the poem below, I better understand what my mom has been telling me about growing up, making choices, and how my choices not only affect my life but the lives of others, too. The poem that comes next is very sad and may be a little disturbing to read.  But for me, it made me think really deep and I will never forget the lesson.  I hope you feel the same.  Just think ‘bout it. “My Dear Mom, I Didn't Drink & Drive......” I went to a party Mom, I remembered what you said. You told…
Read More