Coca Cola. Produced by Raspy Meow (http://raspymeow.bandcamp.com)
Giant by Kai Straw: Vlog #8
Sad by Kai Straw: Vlog #7
I sit here and I think about people. I think about the ways in which we can change each other. For the better. I think about how we can make this, all of this, better. And the more that I’ve thought about it, the more I believe that to do so does not require anything hugely profound. It’s very simple. Be kind. Be kind to everyone. And don’t litter. If every single person on the planet did both of those things. We’d be a bit better off.
Parade by Kai Straw: Vlog #6
This week I had an idea. You and I can change the world together. From our computers. From our cell phones. From our tablets. Consider this. On twitter, you can search all current tweets from all over the planet. I decided to search phrases such as, “I’m depressed”, “I’m sad”, “I’m ugly”, “Suicide”, “I need motivation”, etc. I found about 40 tweets per minute that contained at least one of these phrases. I decided to respond to them. As many as I could. I would tell them that they are valuable. I would tell them that they’re going to be okay. I would tell them they would make it through whatever it is they are going through. I realized that each of us, through twitter, have the ability to locate and communicate with these thousands of people who cry out for help each day.
If about 40 people post about their depression every minute. That means that over 55,000 people post about it in one day. 385,000 post about it each month. And 4,620,000 people post about it each year. And that’s just about depression. If you factor in all tweets about insecurity, fear, anxiety, etc. You can quadruple that number. And most of these tweets go completely unanswered. People shouting into emptiness.
We can be the answer. We can speak directly to people who need help. Take 30 minutes, 20 minutes, 10 minutes, whatever time you have, and help just a few people on twitter a couple times each week. Let them know that we are all in this together. We’re brothers and sisters within this human experience. You might make someone’s day. Or save someone’s life. Do it. And when you do, if you have room, add the hashtag - #IAmYourBandAid. Maybe if they see a bunch of people doing it, they’ll help someone too. We can change the world. One person at a time.
I’ve tweeted over 150 people already. Anyone who uses the hashtag #IAmYourBandAid will be retweeted by the IAYBA account:
Help people. Be somebody. And share this. Make kindness a virus.
EDIT: People are taking this beyond twitter. You can participate with any social network. Including Instagram. Facebook. Search for the negative emotion. Comment with positivity. #IAmYourBandAid
Thirty-Three Minutes by Kai Straw: Vlog #5
The Cove by Kai Straw: Vlog #4
Suburban Part 2: Wasteland
First Show by Kai Straw: Vlog #3
Death by Kai Straw: Vlog #2
A song about hope. Featuring track artwork by Rodrigo Pacheco.
I want you to get to know me. So I’ve made a vlog. And I’ll make one every week. Where I talk about whatever is on my mind in the moment. Unscripted. Along with footage that I have filmed, current or from the past. Every monday night. And here’s the first.
A song about racism.
Suburban Part 1: The American Dream