ByRaymond Wilson, writer at
Raymond Wilson

13 Reasons Why, based on the young adult novel by Jay Asher, teaches us a lot about life over the course of just 13 episodes. More so than in the book, the Netflix series talks about the harsh realities of adolescent life. It speaks also of the unintentional harm one can mete through their stinging words and actions. And yes, if you check in with the character of Hannah Baker, you’d learn a lot about trust and how easy it is to lose. Life is such, and without further lamentation, here are five life lessons gives us.

1. If You Love Someone, Let Them Know

How often have we assumed that someone won't feel about us the way we feel for them? If you love someone, tell them. In 13 Reasons Why, Clay Jensen secretly carried a torch for Hannah Baker, but never confessed his true feelings for her. We learn that Hannah, who already had trust issues, didn’t find love where she sought it. If only Clay had spoken up at the right time, this could have potentially been a love that made Hannah realize how important she is in this world.

'13 Reasons Why' [Credit: Netflix]
'13 Reasons Why' [Credit: Netflix]

2. Death Is Not The Answer

We all have a purpose in life, a reason to live and to be loved. And there is life ahead to be happy about and to look forward to. Reaching out to others in times of distress isn’t anything to be ashamed of. When you need help, you need help, period. It gets better over time; we can overcome our struggles.

3. Stop Being A People Pleaser

The series very well slaps us in the face with this message: You cannot please everyone. And if you're constantly looking for approval from others, you'll never please anyone, least of all yourself. Moreover, allowing other’s opinions to undermine your value and cloud your judgment can be toxic. Hannah's reputation at school was ruined due to salacious rumors. She tried her best to win back peer approval, but the end result of lies, deceit and betrayals only caused her to sink deeper into a state of dispair.

4. The Truth Can Never Stay Hidden

No matter how hard you try to bury the truth, it always rears its ugly head. Case in point? Justin Foley encouraging Bryce Walker to sexually assault an unconscious Jessica Davis. The mix tapes eventually exposed the truth. And there were other truths exposed through the tapes, including the fact that Jeff’s death occurred because the stop sign on the road had been knocked down by Sheri, who refuses to tell the police. Life is like that — the truth endures and will always prevail.

5. We All Have Our Own Issues To Deal With

While the story undoubtedly centers on Hannah and her mental health issues, the series also touches on other lives that are connected to Hannah's as they unravel. The backstories tell us a lot about each individual’s personal plight. Justin is homeless. Courtney is struggling with her sexuality. So if you thought life was perfect for the smiling few, think again. We all have our own issues, so remember to be kind to one another.

If you haven’t started watching 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, you are missing out a lot and need to watch it now, only on one condition: you have to watch sans any interruptions. And for that apart from some couch-potato time, you will need a dependable broadband internet service provider – something that gives you free access to over half a million Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation, meaning you’ll also have reliable Internet access virtually anywhere you travel!

13 Reasons Why is streaming now on Netflix, with the entire first season available now for binge-watching. Tell us below in the comments section what you think about this new mystery series.


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