Silly challenge gets a heartbreaking twist

In case you haven’t come across the “#DontJudgeChallenge” on YouTube or social media, it is being used by people to break down barriers. Mostly it is providing a space for teens to show off a side to themselves they haven’t shared on social media. Some use it to show themselves without makeup, for example, or with their hair messed up first thing in the morning. Some have criticised it as shallow and for shaming people with acne, for example.

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These two teen girls have won the challenge with their effort, though.

It’s not immediately obvious what’s going on: two pretty girls fooling around with the camera, pouting as some teens do. Then they reveal the real reason they’re there: the camera is covered until they’re shown without makeup. One has lost her eyebrows.

Her wig comes off.

It takes a second to realise what’s happening and then it’s all clear: one of the girls is undergoing treatment for cancer and the other is her support.

Watch: Don't Judge Challenge Done Right via Mariah Jane/YouTube

Good judgement vs. bad judgement

Very often we try and teach our kids not to judge on appearances, but it becomes harder to do this as they head into their teens. By that point we should be hoping that the “good judgement” lessons are kicking in: not taking stupid risks, not trusting everyone/all situations.

Still, it remains a good principle not to judge people based on the way they look. Something beyond our control such as a serious illness like cancer or a condition like acne can completely undermine the way a teen approaches life and the innate desire to be accepted.

If you aren’t sure you can be accepted though, you can be like these awesome girls and make the most of life even in difficult circumstances.

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