I often wonder: why do we find it so difficult to give other people a compliment, and what’s the deal with hiding when we see someone we know in public? Why are we mean to each other, tearing each other down and picking each other apart? Why do we have so much judgment and hate for each other, when we all struggle in different ways? Is it in our human nature, or is it programmed into us as we grow?
I don’t know. All I know is; it doesn’t really matter. Human nature or brainwashing – in the end, they’re nothing but excuses. It doesn’t matter why we do the things we do. What matters is that we can change it. We don’t have to stay this way forever. We can choose something else for ourselves. We can take matters into our own hands, and put an end to this destructive behavior. In the end, it’s our choice to keep this going. But if you ask me, it’s gone far enough. In fact, I’d say it’s gone too far. Nothing good has ever come from behaving this way, and I’m sure nothing ever will.
I don’t ask my followers for much, but I will ask this: how about for just one day, we try living without fear. How about for just one day, we walk up to someone we dislike and wish them a Merry Christmas. Look up from your phone, and make eye contact with the people around you. Compliment a stranger. Engage in a conversation with the person sitting next to you on the bus. When you see someone crying, walk over and ask them what’s wrong. When you see someone being bullied or beaten, do something – don’t just stare or walk away. When you see someone you know in public, greet them with a smile and a “how are you?”, and when they reply “fine”, tell them: “no, I really want to know”.
Dare to wear something you like, even if it’s not socially acceptable. Dare to sing along to your favorite song, even if you know you sound terrible. Dare to voice your opinions, even if people might not agree with them. Dare to be yourself, even if the rest of the world would prefer that you were just another clone. For just one day, say “f*ck you” to your fear of rejection and humiliation.
For just one day, let yourself break out of your own emotional prison.
Be free. Live.
What’s the worst that could happen?