It’s hard to have an opinion. . .
Everyone has one it seems, but so many don’t share their own. Why? I can really only speak for myself, but here are my thoughts. I’ve only shared my opinion on things politics, social equality, and religion a few times in the last couple years. (Okay… you know I love Jesus here… my blog has the word Gospel in it… Jesus and my faith have a BIG spot here in this space, but I’m talking real opinions… keep reading…) Why though? Why do I have these thoughts in my head and feelings about major issues that I’m so hesitant to share? I’m scared.
That’s right. I said it. I’m scared. I live in fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. I am so worried about being attacked for voicing how I feel on major issues. Maybe if I wasn’t sharing my life on the internet… maybe then it would be different. I’m not sure though. I know many others who feel the same.
See, when something bad happens we all want to speak peace and love and blanket the situation. We don’t want to tell the truth. I think of it like when you see someone and ask how they are… but often don’t really care to hear about how they are… you follow? It’s really sad.
We live in a world where we either have to feel like we are leading the pack and fighting the good fight, or simply hiding in the shadows and hoping someone doesn’t sniff out our thoughts and opinions.
I’m going to share some truths here; not my opinions on our president, healthcare, or other hot topics going around and rocking our worlds in the media right now. I’m going to share my truths.
So what’s the solution?
I’m not sure. I’m a firm believer that actions speak louder than words. I don’t think that blaring your opinions forcefully around either on social media, or IRL does much good. If anything… I think it is often just someone tooting their own horn or trying to see how many likes they can get on a post… or how many feuds they can start in the comments.
I think it comes from action. The action of speaking to your local, state, and national representatives about the issues you are passionate about. It’s signing petitions to move action and stop bills that could hurt our citizens. It’s the simple action of treating one another with kindness. Loving EVERYONE no matter of race, religion, or background. It’s a simple smile or a wave. It’s caring how the person you’re asking about their day is doing, not just asking to ask.
I’m not saying you can’t share your opinions and stand up for what you believe in, but please how is running your mouth on social media or singling out groups of people doing anything?
Notice that every single time something crazy happens in our world that you just want to shut everything off? It’s because people are sitting behind their keyboards rather than taking action out in the real world.
It does nothing good.
What I’m going to do. . .
I’m going to focus fully and completely on loving EVERYONE around me. I’m going to write my state and national government to press for action and stand up for people who are being treated unfairly. I’m going to be inclusive. I will focus on learning more about other cultures and what their struggles are. I will take action to help in any way I can.
I’ll set an example for the people who spread negativity and hate on social media and pray for them daily to stop doing things that are so harmful and create so much divide.
I will help to create a safe space for women to come and share their truths and their struggles and help them know they are not alone.
I’ll be the girl with the YOU CAN SIT WITH ME sign.
So starting now, every Wednesday will focus on real-life issues. I want to spread some truth on the internet… not just focus on recent fashion and beauty finds. Don’t worry though… outfits will still be included. (and most likely pink… just saying)
Enjoy your day and BE POSITIVE PLEASE! Love is stronger than hate, but you have to put it out there!
Tunic: Free People (obsessed and wearing size Small)
Leggings: BP (under $30!)
Mules: BP (great buy under $80!)
Earrings: Baublebar (go with everything and under $40!)
Lip Color: Pink Nouveau MAC
Photos by Katie of Pearls and Twirls