Anyone that knows me well, knows how much I love social media of all forms. Most especially, I love twitter. I will admit, I was at first very skeptical about it. I did not see the point in posting “status updates” all day long, or reading others’ for that matter. As I began to find the greater use of it, I couldn’t stop using it. I went to “tweetups” (a physical gathering of people you know on twitter for some sort of event or purpose, even if it’s just to meet up and hang out). Because of these tweetups, I have met some incredibly fantastic people that I wouldn’t trade for the world.
One of those individuals is a man that goes by the alias BgKahuna. He is well known amongst pretty much any social media platform as a man of absolute ridiculousness and hilarity. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a conversation with him and not left smiling or laughing until I almost peed myself. Kahuna however, is not all glitz, glamour, unicorns, and kittens though. He is a man with many thoughts on life, and this morning as I was scrolling through my timeline he posted something to just that extent. “Help me understand this, people hate workout posts. However posts about college sports, they never played, is acceptable.” To him I responded, “and getting wasted, making bad choices, self-destructive behavior, and half naked pictures. Positivity is no longer encouraged.”
It was a very quick response, one I hadn’t really put much thought into until after I said it. These two statements got me thinking a bit deeper though, along with a written piece by my friend Steven I read over this morning. We truly have become a culture that gets disgusted with people’s happiness, positivity, encouragement, and so on. The pictures we “like”, the posts we “repost”, and the statuses we comment on are most typically ones inspired by the events or lifestyle choices mentioned above. Now, before you bash me for being “holier than thou”, please hear this: I’m not in any way tearing down people who say those things, live that life, or make those choices. It’s their life, and they are free to live it however they should so choose. I have even been someone that lived that very life, for a long time. So please, spare your onslaught of “you don’t’ know what it’s like”. I am not judge, jury, or executioner. Do what makes you happy. I am however saying that because we are so consumed with the darkness of our own depravity and misery, we become blinded and disgusted with the light of others.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about why we fail to see the blessings we have every day. In the wake of that, we also fail to see the incredible lives we have been given. We are made to exude happiness and positivity not only to ourselves, but to everyone we encounter. The problem is, it hurts. It hurts because it is no longer what we are used to. We are so used to being destroyed by people and our own choices that we reject the joy of others. We no longer care about their accomplishments because we are too busy ignoring our own opportunities to accomplish things ourselves. Or at least accomplish things we are proud of. We can change this though. If we slowly start to allow the sunshine in, piece by piece, we will no longer be blinded by the light it pours out onto us. In fact, it will even inspire us to pour out that same positivity and encouragement to others. The choice is ultimately yours. You may stay right where you are, temporarily happy. Or…or you can step up and choose a life of happiness and joy. I for one will be choosing the latter of the two. I would encourage you to do the same.