Do you ever feel unloved or alone? Do you ever feel vulnerable? Do you ever feel like you’re the only one, or no one understands you? If you have EVER answered yes to any of these questions I suggest you keep reading.
In the spirit of the times, I’ve decided to write an open letter. I’m not very comfortable with opening up either, so please bare with me:
We all need to know that we’re all in this together. We all want to be understood, seen and heard, loved unconditionally. The only thing missing in this sentiment is acknowledging that WE ARE.
Hey, guess what? WE ARE.
You are seen.
You are heard.
You are understood.
I value you.
And I may not even know you.
And for some weird reason I know that you value me. Because right now, you’re nodding your head in agreement.
This is an echo of the times.
It sounds cheesy, (I KNOW, I’m SORRY) but think about it…
Just look at social media.
Look at your PHONE.
Our phones are a constant stream of AFFECTION pouring in. All the likes and hearts, shares, and double taps are an echo that we care. Think of all the articles, pictures, and videos we share reminding people that good does exist. Granted, there is a lot reminding us bad exists too – but why we gotta spread the hate? What good is that doing??
We – and by we I mean the majority of humankind that really does want what is BEST for each other no matter what class or race or gender – need to stand together and remember:
HERE WE ARE, STANDING TOGETHER.
You and me. . . And my mom, and your mom, and maybe even their moms. . . Your dads and grandads, your kids, maybe their kids. . . Your teachers, your brothers and sisters, husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, your colleagues, your friends, your hairdresser, your barista, the person who delivers your mail, the person you met at a party one time, the person who bags your groceries, your long lost friends you found again years later on facebook. . . We’re all HERE online using the same platforms. WE WANT TO BE LIKED, SEEN, HEARD, and UNDERSTOOD. We may be your so-called “friends” or “followers,” or maybe we’re just public strangers making friends with anyone in the comments section who will listen. No matter who we are, we are still people making an attempt to relate.
For example, I care deeply about many things, but I don’t express emotions well, like, at all. That’s my own flaw and I’m working on it. We all have flaws. That’s what makes us unique. That’s what makes life interesting and different, and difficult, and exciting. We all relate differently, and while we all may have our own burdens to bear, we’re still in this life together!
So when you feel like no one gets you, or understands you, or cares. STOP. Every virtual like is a reminder. Every double tap is someone saying YES, THIS! And a mere follow means I care about you enough that I want your simple little updates to become a part of my world. What about the person that watches your videos but never actually engages with anything? They wouldn’t be watching if they didn’t care now would they? Remember that.
That’s why it’s important to realize that in spite of all the nauseating headlines of current affairs, we are actually more connected right now than ever before. Social media has CHANGED the game.
Share this message if you want everyone in and outside your world to know that you genuinely care about each and every one of his/her/their wellbeing.
I say this because I care.
I also say this as a reminder to myself. Because when I feel unloved I have to remind myself that there is a giant world out there of people supporting other people. Yes; men, women, children, all together, supporting each other. We NEED to support each other.
On that note, I’ve got one last thought…
Stop putting people down. Gossip is bad and there are two sides to every story. If this is hard for you perhaps try to open your mind to new perspectives or even new walks of life this year. If you’ve ever felt personally victimized by a difference of opinion, stop and remember you are entitled to yours so long as no one is being harmed, and they are entitled to theirs so long as no one is being harmed. Diversity exists and we should celebrate it.
We’re all people and we all have souls. Most of ours have good intentions. Evil exists too, without darkness there can be no light, but love always wins.
Peace. Love. Hope.
More importantly, can someone please help this dog out of the bowl! T_T