This was definitely not supposed to be my post today and it definitely wouldn't normally come right after a post about anxiety. But, after seeing my Twitter feed and my Facebook timeline, and my Instagram feed, I feel like I need to stand up and say something.
There's a lot happening in the world right now. The news would have you believe that literally nothing good happens in the world anymore. The news would tell you that the only newsworthy items are shootings, war, more shootings, kidnappings, rape, and another shooting.
The news is wrong.
Social media is even worse. Social media has managed to take an average person and give them a voice loud enough to be heard the world over with the click of a mouse. This is both very good, and very bad. How many times have you scrolled through your Facebook timeline only to see meme's talking about how stupid someone is? Or how insignificant an event is? Or how screwed the world is and how we're all doomed?
How many hashtag's are covering your twitter and instagram? How many symbols for the last mass-shooting are there? How many of your aunts, uncles, best friends, acquaintances, and coworkers have posted something you find so offensive that you can't bear to look at it any more and you click unfollow because it's the easiest and most non-confrontational way of avoiding what they said?
I've done this. I've done it a lot. In fact, I just unfriend two-thirds of my family, friends, and acquaintances, because I couldn't take their negativity anymore. And I unfollowed most of the remaining.
Some people might say that what they're saying and posting is their opinion. But most of the time when I post something back, disagreeing, that person ends disagreeing with their original post. It's like a robotic move that we have been programmed to complete. Rule number one: you must pass on the negative.
I don't like that rule, and certainly don't follow it. I refuse to be programmed by social media and the news. I refuse to spread negativity. I refuse to listen to negativity. I refuse to believe that there is only negativity left in the world.
I believe in God. I believe in humanity and I believe in myself. I do not have room to believe in negativity and I'm certainly not making room. I believe that most people are generally good. I believe that people are human, and should be allowed to make mistakes. I believe that regardless of what the news will tell you, there is a light in this world that can only go out, if you allow it.
I don't have much else to say but I hope that by reading this you take moment and figure out exactly what you believe in. And hold on to it. It's what keeps you human, good, and close to God.
There is still light and good left in this world, we can get break through the negativity if we just grab hold of our believes and stand up. Stop feeding the negativity. Stop feeding the fear.