“It’s So Easy to…” Pt 2

Well, it’s been awhile. Sorry about that. It’s been a whole crazy roller-coaster. But I think that’s part of what makes life beautiful, you know? In its wildness and unpredictability. It keeps you off-balance, off-guard, but sometimes it rewards you in crazily beautiful unexpected ways. The obstacles thrown at you keep you grounded. Whole.

It’s so easy, to get lost in the midst of all this revolutionary technology. The times are changing, and have changed so much from the past. We have come so far, and yet we have fallen so much.

We’ve become distant from people, lacking social and communication skills. We’ve become so reliant on technology, that we often forget about the people in our lives. Our family, our loved ones and friends. It’s funny. We created technology to be closer to our loved ones, so why have they made us distant at the same time?

Before, we wouldn’t mind at all if there was no Wi-Fi. We’d go out and visit our neighbours, and play with our friends. Go to the playground, the park, go for a jog – things like that. Mobile phones were just used for calling and texting our parents. We’d hug each other in greeting and crack jokes, pulling each other’s faces and pinching each other’s cheeks just to annoy one another and all in good fun.

Now, we “poke” each other in social media, we send emoticons to show our mood – but yet in the midst of it all, it becomes so easy to fake our emotions to our friends the people who care about us and who we care about, because we don’t want them to worry and we don’t want to become a burden.

It’s so easy to go with the flow instead of thinking for ourselves, form our own opinions and perspectives. It’s so easy to jump on the bandwagon and follow the latest trends.

What has happened to us? Have we really become that much of “follower” in terms of mind-set?

It’s so easy to give up, to give in to peer pressure. Where has our inner strength gone? Our willpower? Our drive? Our hope and beliefs, confidence and dreams?

Florence Nightingale, a simple nurse, served in the Crimean War despite the risks to her life. Mahatma Gandhi suffered a prison sentence, numerous assassination attempts and more but still continued his mission. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.

From ordinary people, they became extraordinary and inspirational.

It’s so easy to just find flaws in ourselves, and not see the good.

Maybe it’s time to start believing again, to find that grain of magic that encourages us, makes us braver and stronger. Maybe it’s time to start thinking for ourselves. and looking at all the sides of everything before judging.

“There’s always going to be bad stuff out there. But here’s the amazing thing — light trumps darkness, every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light.”

― Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart