the change award

hello, friends, i hope all is well.

gracie nominated me for a tag that she created: the change award. it’s about how you hope to make the world a better place, and i’m really glad that i get to do it. :)

| rules |

– link back to me, as well as whoever nominated you.
– include this: i, gracie chick of a light in the darkness, created this award to highlight the importance of young people taking responsibility for the future of their world. the change award also gives them the opportunity to share with others what they believe in.
answer the questions below.
– nominate as many people as you like.

 | questions |

make a list of the things you want to change about schools.

– less testing. they’re too stressful and i always forget what i’ve studied as soon as i’ve finished the test.

– shorter school days. honestly, there’s no reason kids should be in school for seven hours, and then have to do homework and extracurricular activities. personally, i learn better on days with early dismissal because the classes are shorter.

– better anti-bullying movements. one thing that bothers me is that when people talk about bullying, they say that “it can happen to anyone,” when that’s not exactly right. the kids who get bullied the most are poc, queer, mentally ill, religious, disabled, etc. if adults talked more about those things and helped students understand and respect them, bullying would be less common.

– please give us better sex ed, i’m begging you. and make it relevant for lgbt+ students, too.

– have different age groups interact more often.

– less sexist dress codes would be nice. if my legs are distracting some gross teacher, maybe consider firing them??

– more in-depth history lessons. tell us about human zoos in the 90’s, native american two-spirits, margaret hamilton (who created the navigation software for nasa’s apollo project), eudy simelane (a south african soccer player who was murdered and raped for her sexuality), etc.

make a list of the things you want to change about local communities.

– i was reading about the nuclear family and how it’s not that great of a setup. being exposed to just your family’s way of thinking is how toxic ideas get passed down, and it also makes abuse pretty easy to get away with. so children being parented by the community is something that might help.

– i’ve never seen a real block party and i’d like to experience one of those before the sweet embrace of death.

– take the luxury tax off of tampons/pads. what do i do if i’m broke? just bleed on everything because i can’t afford some dumb compressed cotton balls??

– make bards a thing again, please and thank you.

– make it socially acceptable to not want children. i can’t even count how many times i’ve heard “when you’re a mother,” and i say that i don’t actually want kids, and i’m told that i’ll change my mind.

make a list of the things you want to change about the world, your world.

no trump, no kkk, no fascist usa. (green day)

– elect me for president and i’ll make sure melanie martinez goes to jail like she freaking deserves.

– if the media could stop making things like feminism, black lives matter, and lgbt+ issues into jokes, that would be, like, really cool.

– @ big companies, stop destroying our planet, oh my g o s h.

– can we end toxic masculinity and the idea that men aren’t supposed to cry? because male suicide rates are ridiculously high, and they would go down if society didn’t think men expressing their emotions is weird and feminine.

– make conversion therapy illegal everywhere, it’s literally abuse and it kills.

– stop victim blaming!! i’ve heard people complain about the #metoo movement, and i don’t get it. why would you make fun of women who have found the courage to speak up about their harassment? am i missing something??


| nominees |

may @ forever and everly

ellie @ on the other side of reality

nabila @ hot town cool girl

rutvi @ capturing and creating 

kathleen @ dolls and dance

i know i’ve missed stuff, but there’s no way i can fit everything i can’t stand about our world into one post without it getting extremely long and full of rants. maybe some other time, though.

no matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. -dead poets society

xo apollo

Author: apollo

i'm apollo, a poet & hot mess.

24 thoughts on “the change award”

    1. thanks! i get so annoyed when a see “the a stands for ally!” like, allies are great and all, but they’re not part of the community, therefore they don’t get a letter.

      xo apollo


  1. Yes! Go Loren/Apollo! I agree with you about all of these. I think people complain out #metoo for two reasons -sexism -objectifying of woman. Honestly. We should have solved these over the past two thousand years.


    1. thank you so much! yeah, i think so too, it’s just so dumb. i’ve overheard someone say that they don’t like #metoo because they think all the women are lying, even though rapists/assaulters are much more likely to lie about the crime than the victims are.

      xo apollo


  2. Great post. Love your answers. Just a question, w he should Melanie Martinez go to jail? Not that I like her music much, my BFF does though.
    ~Emily xo

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  3. First off, thank you so much for doing this, Apollo (really cannot get used to called you that!) Secondly, I LOVE that first image, it really did make me smile. Different ages mixing! Yessss, in real life (outside of school) things aren’t segregated by age, are they? Different age groups can learn so much from each other.

    In depth history as well. Argh, why didn’t I think if these things??? So true. Teach us things that matter, for goodness sake.

    Scrap the nuclear family set up! Raise kids by the community! Yessss! BARDS! BARDS! BARDS! And basically everything on the last list!

    Also that lady quote is. The. Truth. End of.

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    1. no problem, i loved answering the questions! (and you can call me loren if you’d like, i don’t really care what people call me.) thanks, i saw it on pinterest and thought it fit perfectly. yeah, when i was in co-op, different grades mixed a lot, and i think i can interact with people younger or older than me better than a lot of public schoolers can.

      it annoys me to no end when teachers try to sugarcoat history. like, it’s ok to tell us about terrible stuff, we need to know it happened so we can avoid it in the future.

      i know, i love that quote. :)

      xo apollo

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  4. Ahhhhh I loved this post and I’ve been reading more of your blog in general and just yes!!! Like I haven’t found a blogger in our community yet that is like pro +lgbt and all of the things BUT NOW I HAVE AND IT’S GOOD. Thanks for tagging me!


    1. thanks so much!! yeah, there seem to be lots of christian bloggers in the community, and i think most of them are homophobic (not all of them, of course, but quite a few). no problem, have fun if you choose to do it. :)

      xo apollo


  5. Omggg I totally agree with so much of what you say here!! Im slightly freaking out rn XD it’s so cool to ‘meet’ someone with really similar opinions to me! :)

    Andrea |


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