Friday 8 April 2016

Growing up & moving forward on social media

If there's one thing I firmly believe, it's that people have the ability to completely change who they are - for good or bad - if they want to. On Twitter, there's a lot of social justice warriors and while I agree with fighting for a better world, there's ways to do it. You can't fight every battle, because you'll leave yourself exhausted, miserable and bitter.

There are a lot of things that happen in the world that are bad - terrible in fact. There's no denying that, but there are also a lot of good things on this crazy planet we call home; glittery bath bombs, acoustic covers of amazing songs, chocolate brownies that are just the right amount of flaky on the top. And, the fact that people change - they learn and grow and become better, become more socially aware, become more accepting of their privilege or lack of, and want to to make it right.

And isn't that a win? Isn't it amazing when somebody turns around and starts fighting those little battles, starts trying to make the world a better place? I think so. I think, when somebody is being a damn good person, you shouldn't bring their past into it. You shouldn't ask them why they never fought these battles before, why they didn't comment on a similar issue a year ago, why it's taken them until now to wake up. You should be glad that they're here now, fighting back against the bad things in the world - because isn't that what we all want?

I know it's what I want, for everyone to see the bad in the world and challenge it, whilst also seeing the good and celebrating it. It just seems to me that a lot of people on Twitter are so angry at the bad stuff, so tired from fighting everything, that there's no room in them for the good. So where does that leave them? What will happen when a bad thing finally slips away or is made good? That thing they've been fighting for, they're too exhausted to celebrate. And I think that's pretty sad.

People can change, they can learn and they can grow - just don't begrudge them for not being perfect in the first place, because you sure as hell weren't either.

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