“Just Chilling” Is Not Chill, Bro

It’s cool to be chill. You know man: chiiill. Just chill out. What? You’re making terrible grades and you can’t get into any college? Chill out, dude. Your parents are kicking you out? Chill out. Your apartment is on fire? Chill, man, chill.

Teenagers are infamous chillaxers, even going to the lengths to list “chilling” and “chillaxing” as their topic hobbies on The Facebook. Well, everyone needs a little downtime, some time to relieve stress from our busy schedule. But when “chilling” becomes your primary function, well then, we have a serious problem.

Here’s my shtick with “just chilling”: with such a messed up, exploitative world full of suffering, maybe all that free time should be used for something good. Tonight, a recent college grad told me, “You’re much more productive than I was in high school. I mean, I mostly just chilled and smoked weed.”

Well, maybe it’s never too early to begin my professional career. It’s never too early to start changing the world. Teenagers like me can make a difference everyday. So, maybe “just chilling” isn’t what we should be glorifying. We should be praising the kid who began “Hoops for Hope” which uses basketball free throws to build medical centers in Zimbabwe right now. THAT is pretty freakin’ cool if you ask me.

Even young, don’t tell me you can’t make a difference. Don’t tell me your life can’t mean something great. Recently, at a poetry open mic, I told people about my plans for Young Artists for Change. It’s a non-profit organization I’ll blog more about later. Here’s a cool video to watch, in order to get a better idea of what we’re doing:

If you’re in the Aiken area, please come to the informational meeting on Thursday, August 11th at 3:00 at the Aiken County Library. It’s meant to make a change.

What I’m trying to say is, don’t waste time. Next time someone says, “Be chill,” sock them in the FACE! Because with all of the crazy, horrible things happening in the world and with us being the most-spoiled nation, we cannot waste time. We cannot let such hot issues boil over while we simply “chill” So, I say, let’s stop chilling. I mean that, completely. Full-heart to stop “chillaxing” or any deviation.

By just chilling, we miss out on an important part of the human condition: compassion.

Because while we’re busy chilling, others are dying. And suffering. And maybe we were born in America for a reason. Where you are right now, you can make a difference. So hey, join the fight. Don’t spend this next year “chilling” in your downtime. Try to help cool down the entire earth– don’t focus solely on your own chill zone.

Also, check out the Young Artists for Change Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Young-Artists-for-Change/169993989739233

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Posted on August 5, 2011, in Blogging, chill, Poetry, Politics, publishing, Random, Self Publishing, Teenagers, Word Salad, writer, Writing, Young Poets for Change and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. You’re on fire, Derek, with all this talk of chillin’ for change! I am beginning to have renewed faith in our collective future. Another great video. You are so animated–passionate and personable. You got what they say in da b’ness: charisma!

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