An issue that has been causing much controversy in the past few weeks is Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn Jenner. It’s all over social media and television. I’ve seen a lot of love and support go out to Caitlyn and the transgender community, but also a lot of hate and bashing the LGBTQ community. I’ve been a longtime supporter of this community, but I also grew up in the south where gay bashing is very common and widely accepted. I’ve known that homophobia is wrong since my childhood and have dealt with it both with anger and attempts to reason with the homophobes out there. Lately, I’ve tried to focus more on spreading love rather than fighting in order to keep myself sane.
There is something else that has been bothering me with this as of late. It’s the unnecessary hate that is given to people in the world that are trying to stop going with the flow and change their lives for the better. Caitlyn explains that she always knew she was a woman and did not want to die knowing that she did not live as she truly felt inside. This takes some damn bravery and she should be applauded on that fact alone.
How many of us go through life and wish for something bigger, something greater? Why is it that whenever we see someone saying “I’m going to give it a shot” do we feel the need to start neigh saying? It’s not always even meant in a harmful way. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to talk to my friends and family about my future goals and I’m told to just play it safe instead. I have been pushed constantly to go back to school and earn a master’s degree so that I can pursue a job I have zero interest in holding, merely because stepping into my desired career is a little risky.
We live in such a fear based society that we are crippled by fear every day. We are shown images of violence and death by the media. Given example after example about why making huge leaps of faith will ruin our lives. Anyone in the public eye that thinks out of the box or makes a courageous step in their life is quickly mocked and cast aside. It is a little ridiculous to me how easily we are herded like sheep by the media and those in charge with fear tactics. Stay in your mold, don’t try to do anything out of the ordinary and you’ll be safe. This is how we are kept from achieving anything extraordinary.
Have you ever noticed that any time a celebrity tries to awaken people to the truth, they are quickly painted as a maniac? Take Russell Brand or Joe Rogan, they have very powerful things to say about our ability to change the world, but are often depicted as egocentric, crazy drug addicts by the mainstream media.
Something else that has occurred in the past week is the video of Shia Labeouf giving a speech about achieving your dreams. He has been ridiculed for this video and I can get why. He’s flexing a lot and a little too intense, but were we actually listening to what he is saying throughout the video? He encourages everyone to follow their dreams, believe in themselves, and start working today. That’s a damn good message and something everyone that is afraid to work towards their goals should hear.
Now, I get that this is a somewhat political post and may be off-putting for some. I decided that when I created and shared this blog that I would be completely myself and honest in every post. It is so important to me that we all begin to wake up to the fear tactics that are used against us every day so that we can stop buying into the idea that we can’t make our dreams come true. That we’re stuck in our current situation and it’s better to just accept it and dull the pain with consumerism.
Going full force towards your dreams is hard. We’ll lose friends and be mocked along the way. People are going to hope for our failure. Our dearest friends and loved ones are going to try to put their fear of the unknown onto us. This doesn’t mean that we have to accept where we are in life. This doesn’t mean that we should give into the temptation to follow the crowd and mock others that try to take a big leap of faith in their own life. If someone is brave enough to take a risk in order to reach their dreams, shouldn’t we meet their courage with words of uplifting praise and support?
In the end, our words and thoughts have a truly powerful affect. By putting out negativity into the world, we are both shedding darkness on our spirits and those of others. When we lift others up, we in return lift up our own spirits. Why would we want to live in a world that anything but light and love is shared? Love each other, support each other and see how much the world begins to open to you. And follow your damn dreams already.
Sending you all much love and positive energy. See you next week!