A few of our contributors decided to answer the question "Why Am I Jaded?" in celebration of our first anniversary.
Why am I Jaded? I’m jaded because I’ve never been jaded. As a naturally passive person, I’ve just conditioned myself to indifference, never holding an opinion or having an issue. I’m jaded because when action and words were needed I was mute and lame. I’m jaded because at least five years of my life were spent taking shit from people who didn’t deserve my patience and not giving a shit for those that didn’t deserve my silence. I’m jaded because when I was the voice of millions, I became the poster girl for the voiceless, and because of this I joined Jaded.
I’ve never been a vocal person, but when I had a strong view of something only a lucky few would ever witness it. Jaded Magazine has helped me change that and that’s honestly something that one can never really give back. I joined Jaded because I was being given a microphone and through it I’ve reached notes that a year ago I wouldn’t have even dreamt of. Through this magazine I’ve discovered myself, as cheesy as that sounds, and it’s overwhelming but it’s fulfilling and exciting.
I always go off on a tangent on Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken (which I’ve decided not to do to spare some of you) because it’s honestly a narrative of my life. Every decision I’ve made for the past twelve years (let’s be honest, none of us were making decisions at five years old) has led me to this very moment. I’m celebrating a year of great feats: rediscovery; enlightenment; and acknowledgment. I have this magazine and its wonderful co-founders Ajahni and Cynthia to thank for this.