“Delete it! Delete it now!” My friend screamed as we were looking at a picture we’d got taken. It seemed fine to me, and I told her so, but she was adamant.
“It’s absolutely horrible! I look so ugly and fat!”
The picture was deleted, as she wished, but I felt the whole scene completely silly. So what if in one picture she didn’t look her best? It’s not as if that picture was going to be displayed by the press or advertised on billboards. It was going to stay in the safe hands of her friends.
Okay. Today’s post deals with the socially conscious and mentally complexed group of society, and this state of things is pretty alarming as this group, once a small circle people thought were insane, has now caught almost everyone in its grasp, and I won’t say I am completely safe from it either.
I won’t go so far to say we don’t need to be socially conscious at all, because we do need to be careful about appearances, but to look good according to some standards set by unknown people? To obsess over a particular fashion or a certain weight number? That’s utterly absurd and psychologically disturbing.
We say we’re free, but are we really? Do we really think ourselves or do we strive to follow some bizarre ideals, ideals that might not even suit our own way of life? Everyone wants to have a zero size waist, and some will go at lengths to make sure they do, while people who are not as slim are ridiculed harshly. Those folks then think lowly of themselves, too, and as a result slowly try to become like the very people who made fun of them. It doesn’t even have to be about that specific size, anything, ranging from designer clothes to branded phones; it seems as if everything has turned into some sort of status quo.
I’d like to address the young community, though, they have so far to go and so much to do, and they better start now or they might never get to finish line, which is nothing but genuine excellence. Excellence which will actually benefit the people, not the multinational minted companies. So stop going after the latest fashion trend and then dwelling in some sort of inferiority complex if you don’t, because it doesn’t matter.
Now, before you make a decision think about it: does it actually matter? Do you really want to impress those who only judge you by your clothes? Or do you want to be the change you need yourself to reform that part of society too? We as humans have a larger life than these petty material needs. We were made to do better, to discover, explore, write, love, sympathize and spread content.
I don’t see that happening a lot, though.
So start now. From today. Think “It doesn’t matter that I never was able to get that Gucci bag or those gorgeous dresses from the popular brand. It doesn’t matter, and now I need to think of what does matter.”
What does matter then? I’ll tell you. Have you ever noticed the way the cleaning lady gapes at the pretty little diamond on your pretty little finger? Or how she seems to never wear nicer clothes? Have you noticed the guy sitting opposite your house or your college or whatever, trying to sell something nobody would ever like to buy?
What about them? Do they not deserve Gucci bags if we do? Okay, maybe they don’t. But they deserve a better life. Our parents deserve better kids. Our books deserve better readers. Our country deserves better citizens. Our religion deserves better followers. Maybe we should pay that some attention. We weren’t made for ourselves, and to think for ourselves has never helped man reach inner happiness.
So pop your tiny bubble, reach out of your cocoon. It’s time to start doing something. And it all begins from yourself.