I’ve been blogging for a little while now so my friend Chris recommended that I post some pieces on Reddit.com. So I did because I do everything he tells me to do.
I’d heard of Reddit but wasn’t exactly sure what it was. Come to find out, it’s like an endless YouTube comment section without any videos. Pages and pages of angry people getting to rant with no repercussions whatsoever.
I guess that’s basically all of social media. Everyone has access to any information they need for their statements and anyone can hide behind their computers and say whatever they think or be as mean as they want to be. The worst some can respond back to them is to WRITE LIKE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I believe that the Internet has given way too many people a voice and a pulpit that don’t deserve one. You might be saying to yourself, “Yeah, like the guy who wrote this blog.” Touché. I’M GOING TO KEEP WRITING ANYWAY AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Some people just like arguing because they have nothing better to do with their time. Or they are so insecure that feeling like they put people in their place makes them feel some sort of false confidence. I hate arguing. I’d rather have to listen to an entire Bruno Mars album than have to argue with someone, especially typing it out. Some people love to debate. Some people love to be angry. I’d hope we’d never want to be someone who is always looking for the next chance to be angry.
When you speak up or display your thoughts or creativity to the world, someone is not going to like it. Guaranteed. The wider your audience gets, the more haters you will get. It’s just sheer mathematics.
What I’ve come to realize, though, is that I don’t need everyone to like me, I just need a few people to love me. You just can’t please everyone because people are so diverse.
There are so many voices in the world. So many people speaking out of turn or without being asked. There is more advice thrown around today than ever before. I think sometimes we forget that there is such a thing as bad advice. And you can find any justification or advice that fits what you want it to be if you look for it long enough.
I think we have to be cautious about what voices we let speak into our lives. What voices are the ones we’re listening to? I don’t think we need to only surround ourselves with people that tell us what we want to hear, but we need to choose people we trust and respect, and just as importantly, ones that are in our corner.
A good coach will critique you and help you improve your abilities, even if it means telling you things you don’t want to hear, but a coach also wants you to win. We need to listen less to fans and more to our coaches. What coaches are in your life? Are they only finding fault with you or are they encouraging you?
It’s a noisy world isn’t it, kids? They all want you to hear them, but you don’t have to listen to them. Why were we all taught to never say “shut up”? Sometimes that’s one of the best things you can say.