When I was in grade 7, I put white makeup on my face, applied dark circles under my eyes with eyeshadow, and told everyone I was a vampire. Of course the other kids made fun of me, it was weird. I was weird. But that isn’t an excuse to belittle anyone.
There were a lot of times growing up I did things that were considered “odd” or “strange”. Kids do things like that sometimes, but the things I did stemmed from undiagnosed mental illness. There was a reason it was happening. But I was just dubbed the weird one. I honestly didn’t care that much until certain kids started making it hard for me to have any self esteem.
What gives someone else the right to make others feel like absolute crap just because they might be a little different than what is supposedly the norm? What is “normal” anyway? A word to describe boring people, some would say. Everyone is different in their own way and I believe we should celebrate that. It might be different from what you are used to, but why is there a drive to make fun of someone for that?
We need to be more kind to people. People are killing other people just because they might disagree on something, and other people are killing themselves because of the words of others. What does that say about us? What if that coworker or classmate was your brother or sister? I’m not saying you have to be friends with everyone on earth. But at least be a decent human being. I still have nightmares of the exact people from elementary school who made my life harder.
We judge others so quickly, and usually the first thing we see or think is negative. We should talk positively about others, not always picking at something we find to be something we don’t personally like. So many of us, including myself, constantly think negatively of ourselves. Imagine thinking that on top of everyone else’s rude comments, only to see yourself as less than nothing.
It doesn’t cost anything to be nice to people. Give the different people a break. There’s something beautiful about all of us.
Thanks for reading. Be kind.