Monday, June 20, 2016

Motivation Monday

As many of you have heard or I'm pretty sure already know of, last weekend we were struck with some heavy news; the biggest mass killing in the US had occurred in Orlando, Florida and 49 people (I won't count the gunman) died plus another 53 were injured. When I woke up to the news flooding my Instagram timeline, I was struck with a heavy heart. What hit me the most was when I came across a picture of some text messages a young man was sending his mother during the shooting at the nightclub and he was telling her "I love you mommy" and "I'm going to die." This killed me! This resonated with me not only because of the situation itself but it reminded me of ME. I text my mom like that, I tell her when I'm home safely at a friend's or when I've left the club, and I know for a fact that my mom would've been up late texting me if I was in that situation. To just feel like that could've been me or that could've been anyone hits me right in the heart. We live in such a judgmental society that it is exhausting to feel like no matter how many steps forward we take to a greater mankind, we'll just go three steps back. 

With all the killings, hate crimes, unfair and unfortunate occurrences that have been going on in our country, I think it's safe to say that we as a people, as a generation need to come up with a better way of living; STAT. I urge you to live with peace and love in your heart. I know it sounds hippy but it's the truth. Treat people as though you wish to be treated. Everyone has feelings, everyone has family who loves them and adores them, everyone has a purpose and a reason why they are living on the same earth as we are, treat them equally. No matter what our preference, race, color, we are all the same on the inside! We all end up in the same soil when we pass, it's time to live peacefully. I know it can be so easy to judge someone. With social media and all its body shaming, easy access to bullying someone/something, judgmental trolls who live to pin prick at everything someone does, be the BIGGER person and make peace a priority. Only worry about yourself and let others live the way they wish to. Don't judge. Don't hate someone because they are different than you. We aren't meant to be the same.

 The next time you see that "weird" girl or something out of your ordinary, don't be so quick to judge. WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT. WE ARE ALL HUMAN. WE ALL ARE PEOPLE. Switch the judgment to love and start spreading the joy and hope you wish to see in the world. Stick up for someone. Give a smile. Lend a helping hand. Create a domino effect of kindness. No one should have to go with what those people went through. No family, no mother, should have to receive those heart wrenching messages in the middle of the night from their child. Put yourself in others shoes and you'll soon realize that you just want to live life peacefully. Accept people for who they are and if you can't, mind your business and keep it moving. If you don't have something nice to say, then just shut up and don't say anything. 

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." -Nelson Mandela 

Teach each other to love!


*RIP to the victims and their families. May God bring peace to you all. <3 

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