Society Pt. 1: Standards Raising Generations
Updated: Feb 17, 2019
Where to start, where to start? Society has created quite a mess of itself in some ways, it seems. As children, and human beings in general, it can be difficult growing up in a world already complex. We grow and learn what is acceptable, and what is not. While society has taught people what to teach others, it has not always taught how to become your own person. How to become who you, or who we want to be.
I have noticed as I have been growing up society paints pictures of what it thinks people should be. It tries to tell people who they should and should not be. How they should and should not look. It tries to tell us that if we do not look, or act a certain way, we won't be successful. We won't get the things we want in life. We won’t get the job we have always dreamed of. It almost seems that it tells us we cannot be who WE want to be. Society is hurting people by the messages it is conveying to the world.
A couple years ago, I heard there was a study done on the effect’s magazines can have on people. In that study, it was proven that they can ignite a negative self-image in some people. I honestly cannot say that surprises me. Looks, have become one of several things, that are in a way plaguing the minds of people in this world. From magazine covers, to apps like Facetune, Tinder, or even social platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, are tearing down people even more than it should. People are using the things I just mentioned above as well as other things in order to feel beautiful, in order to feel desirable, to feel recognized, or for whatever their reason is. Now, not everyone uses those platforms for those reasons, but there are people who do. So, why are people doing this?
Simply, because they feel that they have to! Society is hurting people’s self-esteem levels and levels of self-worth. When really it should be telling everyone to embrace themselves for who they are! People should be being educated on how to embrace ourselves, how to be different in our own way, and how it is ok to not be like everyone else! Society should be building everyone, and each other up! Rather than tearing everyone down, and telling them they have to look and act a certain way to be worth anything. Everyone should love who they are as a person, as a being on this planet, and as someone who is amazing in their own way! Do not ever let anyone try to tell you that you are not enough. Don't let anyone tell you that you are not worth it. If you're a girl, do not let someone tell you that the size of anything on your body matters, because it doesn't! Guys, just like what I said for girls, the very same thing goes for you too! Also, acne is something everyone gets, so do not be ashamed or embarrassed for getting it. Everyone is perfect the way they are! All of us come in various shapes, sizes, skin tones, and everything! We are all equal, and we are all the same regardless of if we are identical in some way or not.
Never, EVER, let someone try to convince you that you are not beautiful in any way. If anyone tries to get you down because of looks, or because of how you act, own who you are, and own how you're acting! Obviously, if you're acting in a way you should not be then they might have the right to call you out, but you should still own up to it and apologize when necessary. Now, if you're just acting the way you act, own it proudly! If anyone tries to bring you down because of your appearance, stand up and say proudly; I am beautiful the way I am, whether you see it or not! If they're trying to make you feel like you're not worth it, then stand up and say; I am worth it! I may not look as if I am worth anything to you, but to the right person, I will seem even more than worth it! If someone calls you stupid or says you are not smart for whatever reason, say to them; I am smart, regardless of if you think that or not! Now, the other option for all of these would be to tell these things to yourself in your head and ignore the person instead. However, as long as you remember those things for yourself that is all that really matters!
At the end of the day, we have to make sure our mindset is where it needs to be. Not that slipping up won't happen every now and then, but if we focus less on what society says and thinks about who we become, and how we become ourselves that is a good way to start! For some not paying attention to what society says and loving themselves will come easy. For others, it may take longer to put societies thoughts, and words behind them. For those people, the ability to love their own self can turn out to be a process before they can fully love who they truly are! At the end of the day, all that matters is that we love ourselves the way we are, regardless of what other people think! In addition to that, it is also good to remind ourselves that we are always growing and learning new things! Love yourselves, ALWAYS! Embrace your uniqueness!
The Inspiring Hummingbird!