If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time on the Internet, specifically social media sites. That is, after all, what puts food on the table and a roof over my head. It’s my job to stay informed with the trends, human behaviors, and actions. This can be a daunting task at times for someone like myself because everything affects me, it always has. I get really sad when I see videos of adults abusing children, or dogs being harmed, or anything violent to be honest. I know I’m not alone in this and while there is so much good that happens because of social media, I truly hope that some trends, specifically bullying, stay in 2016.
We Need To Stop Bullying Others
I’m not just talking about kids bullying other kids, I’m also talking about adults. It’s gotten way out of control. I’ve seen people I’ve known for years tear apart others and it’s sad, no…it’s absolutely sickening. I see adults making fun of how a child looks because they think the kid is ugly. How heartless do you have to be to make fun of a child??? I see people I know laugh and point at what someone else is wearing. I cringe when I see people post how “fatties” are disgusting. Some go as far as to bully others because of what they do for a living when that person is busting their ass to keep their shit together each and every day and provide for a family.
It’s sad to think that there are people that truly have nothing better to do than to shred other people apart from the inside out. Did you know that suicide rates for 2016 are up? In the United States suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. That’s right, I said SUICIDE IS THE 10TH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH!!!!
I can’t help but believe that a lot of that is due to social media becoming a breeding ground for bullying. How many people would say what they say online directly to someones face? I would bet not many. It takes a special kind of evil to be that hateful. So….
How Do We Make a Change?
I’ve preached it for years and I still believe that all of this starts with us adults. I’m not talking about sheltering anyone from the realities of life. Life is hard, we all have our own struggles, but we’re all here on this earth for a reason…that reason isn’t to be clones in looks and beliefs. No one should ever feel bad because of their religion, who they voted for or their outfit choice for the day. It’s hard to believe, but materialistic crap like name brand clothing isn’t a priority or a reality for a lot of people.
We need to focus on showing more kindness. Contrary to popular belief, kindness doesn’t make you a “pussy”, it makes you someone that other people respect and look up to. It makes you a positive role model. Kindness makes you a good person.
Kindness can be simply smiling at someone in the grocery store or striking up a conversation with someone at the coffee shop. Kindness is showing people that they do matter, that they are perfect just the way they are, that they are accepted. Kindness is realizing that different can be a really good thing. Kindness is complimenting someone for no other reason than because you wholeheartedly believe what you are saying. Kindness is knowing that because of your actions someone smiled. Kindness is building people up when the world, & the media tries so desperately to knock all of us down. Kindness is treating others how you desire to be treated.
Stop snapping and sharing pictures of strangers in public because they’re different. Who are you to judge someone for what they’re wearing or doing?
Stop telling people from different backgrounds that they are less than perfect the way they are. Do you want to live in a world where everyone is one color, dresses, & looks alike?
Stop talking shitty about people in front of your kids…they pick it up from us and mirror our actions. Do you want to be the reason a child contemplates taking their own life? Do you want to be the reason a child has one less parent? This isn’t me being overly dramatic….THIS IS A VERY DARK AND SHITTY REALITY THAT HAPPENS MORE OFTEN THAN YOU PAY ATTENTION TO.
It’s all fun and games until you’re personally affected…at least that’s how it goes on the Internet, but hey…I’m sure you typed “AMEN” on that one post, so you’re good. </sarcasm>
My Challenge For You
Before you react I challenge you to put yourself in that persons shoes. How would you feel if the tables were turned? Sure, you think you’d be able to let it roll off your back, but when you’re beat down every single day you change. You begin to lose who you are and forget what happiness feels like. It becomes a very dark and scary place to be…no one should be in that place because someone else made them feel like they didn’t belong. Stop making people feel terrible about the person they were meant to be. Everyone is on this earth for their own special reasons, it’s not up to you or me to let others believe otherwise. Seriously.
I’m dedicated to making 2017 kinder & happier than 2016, are you?
*anyone who is having thoughts of suicide can connect to help by calling 1-800-273-TALK. Caring people are there 24 hours a day.