We can walk through life with our eyes closed. And that might be an easy road to take. But there’s so much more to life than our own thoughts and opinions, our own circumstances and hardships, our own drive and fears. And they’re important. But if we open our eyes a little wider, we see a bit more of the world as it is and how it could be. If we listen a little more, we might hear how others see the world too. We can change our thoughts, our circumstances, our fears. We step closer to realising how we make it better and how we make it worse, and how we can continue to make it better. How much better the world would be if we actually look at it and listen to it with an open mind.
I speak to everyone the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university ~ Albert Einstein
The number of people we cross paths with is infinite. We’ll never remember them all and they will never all remember us. But many will. And it’s important to recognise the imprint we leave them with. They won’t all be on the same level as us. They won’t all help us climb the ladder. They won’t all stay in our lives. But we should still treat everyone with the same level of respect, kindness and realness. Nobody deserves to be treated with disrespect, ignorance or arrogance. Let’s leave people with a warm feeling rather than a chill.
Artists have been mocked. Actors, actresses and models have been labelled. Innovators have been doubted. Writers have been rejected. Musicians have been dropped. Anyone who works differently is outed. As she begun auditioning, Meryl Streep was told she was “ugly”. Now she is widely thought of as one of the greatest actresses of her time. In his role as a contributor for the San Francisco Examiner, Rudyard Kipling was fired for not knowing “how to use the English language”. Now he continues to be known as a successful writer.
We can’t stop what people say about us. But we can choose what we listen to. Some people are ignorant, insecure and envious. Others are kind, passionate and encouraging. Absorb the positive energy and brush off the rest. You, and you alone, know what you’re capable of. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Just believe in yourself and show them.
Ignorance is perhaps one of the most destructive characteristics we can have, especially since it is so hard to rectify; we are all ignorant of something and we can never know anything in its entirety. When I see YouTube comments about how someone ‘hates’ a certain person, making all kinds of assumptions about their life, or when I hear of people actively opposing certain campaigns or movements because it goes against the way things are and their own comfortable lifestyles, I feel frustrated.
I think its beautiful that people are using their voices. I’m not saying that people can’t oppose other people’s opinions. But maybe there is a right time to use our voices. We need to be informed. People are sometimes followers rather than thinkers. They form opinions based on the media, who twists and obscures, or based on the opinions of loved ones who are just as ignorant. Sometimes people are even blinded by their own worries about change or by causes that will help themselves over someone else, so they thwart anything that might endanger those causes they advocate. But we will never see any real change without looking at different perspectives and trying to understand them. There would be no strive towards gender equality or racial equality, for example, without this, because people would constantly just accept things as the way there are. Everyone has a chance to get a little less ignorant. Ask questions. Read and read again, read about the same issue and read about it from differing view points. Learn about what you are passionate about. Talk to people you love and talk to strangers. Form your own standpoint and find your voice. After that, it doesn’t matter what side you are on, because you’ve taken the time to understand both sides. You might even find yourself on the different side of the playing field to the one you expected.