Last week, I watched a live stream on Instagram. A teenage girl named Lilia Buckingham was crying because of the hate she received after tweeting how she’s worried about writing a screenplay because she doesn’t know how she would fund the movie. People came after her for tweeting this because from how it looks through the filter of Instagram, it appears to some that she could just ask her parents for the money to make the film. This is not the case. Yes, it’s first world problems. But that doesn’t make the hate Lilia received any less real to her. Hateful words leave lasting remarks. Constructive criticism and hateful comments are two different things. You can express your criticism in a way that’s not personally attacking someone for sharing their thoughts on something they’re working on. When you put something out into the universe, more than likely someone is going to have an opinion on it. It’s life. I don’t know why Internet trolls attack people for the most mundane things. But they do and words can trigger emotions that can be damaging for a person. Online bullying has become normalized thanks to social media. People write hateful things they would never speak aloud because they’re behind a computer. I don’t know how social media companies should combat the hateful rhetoric shared on their platforms every single day. What I do know is that hating on what people say instead of doing it in a thoughtful, productive way says a lot about humanity and where we are as a society. If the person in the White House can attack people via his tweets and get away with it, what hope does that leave for the rest of us?
The scariest thing about taking a risk is jumping off the cliff.
You’re not sure if you will know how to fly as you say goodbye.
The view is beautiful but also leaves you in a state of shock.
It’s only when you jump, will you know you will fly farther than you’ll fall.
I’ve decided to switch things up a bit, at least for the foreseeable future. Instead of only posting on Mondays, I will be posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays! On Mondays, I will be posting a creative writing piece. On Wednesdays, I will post some kind of reflective piece of writing on either my own life or something in society. And on Fridays, I will be sharing a review on a story, film, tv show, music, article, book, poem, podcast, etc. Basically, I anything I really like and want to recommend to you!
Be on the lookout for something tomorrow!
Lower left side of my mouth,
right if I’m staring into a mirror.
It’s all in my head,
it only aches when I’m out of ideas.
When I’m writing, reading, watching tv, or eating,
there’s no pain.
As if I’m in a bad dream.
But I’m awake because I can feel
my teeth clenching.
As if it’s telling me to be productive
instead of wasting the day
I pass by a window where color is fading from
the sky in the west. I glance at the view but don’t stop.
The shift from day to night happens twice every day.
Somedays I’m more interested in the sunset.
Tonight, I’m not. My mind has me lost in other things.
Thoughts constantly being questioned and rewritten
a hundred different ways. I’m always working
on something. These mundane moments clutter
my days. I’m more aware of what I do to distract
myself. These distractions can be obsessive.
I’m trying to change my bad habits.
Limiting my time on social media.
Blocking sites for a certain amount of time.
Leaving my phone in another room.
Allowing myself distance to create new thoughts.
Thoughts that don’t revolve around current events.
Where I can create a moment in my head that
I will forget before I can write it down. Letting myself
wander without any restrictions gives me the freedom
to narrate my thoughts without thinking about what’s next.