Something or someone, somewhere recently inspired me to write this. I cannot recall specifics but I’ll be thankful for the anonymous inspiration and carry on. I hate to sound so preachy so I find myself avoiding topics similar to this because in general, most people get it over time and through natural abilities to grow unto ‘your own’ so-to-speak. There are a few however, who don’t.
To the young person who is struggling with who they are- even a little bit, to the societally ‘older’ individual (over 25) who is thought to be past the phase where we as individuals are unsure of ourselves- I’d like to say this: Simply, be YOU.
Nothing here you will ever come into contact with is- perfect.
I go about my usual routine which is nothing special and I can’t help but see several people I know who need to be reminded that the persona they are trying to imitate is not exactly possible within their realm because they often imitate celebrities or other more financially secure individuals who are granted the time and monies it takes to uphold the standards they live in.
I won’t even go into the amount of material objects these celebrities and wealthy individuals are given- just for being who they are, which then forces the average or below average income individual to often irresponsibly rearrange their priorities just to halfway meet the visual aspects of the achievement. This comes to fruition in the form of purses, shoes, cars, homes and clothing just so the few who may see them might believe they are of higher status.
I call bullshit. Plain and simple. For some reason our materialism and commercialism via reality shows and other media outlets has consequently decided that people are nothing without ‘certain’ goods. Apparently if you don’t drive a certain car, wear a certain brand of clothing, keep yourself groomed beyond a certain basic level- you have zero value, or better yet, you must be in the process of making yourself become one of the individuals who ritualize these above mentioned material achievements.
To the person who is struggling with this (or thinks they aren’t struggling at all with it) I’d like to suggest a little reality:
` Most people aren’t concerned with the car you drive- they are only concerned you made it to your location.
` Most people aren’t concerned with what you’re wearing. Most are concerned with the heart underneath it.
` Most people probably believe you’re a little mentally ill if you’ve decided out of the gift of life you’re given- you’re only concerned with what you can buy with your time here.
` Most people have decided if you’re consumed with this miniscule aspect. You’re dependable and worthy of nothing else besides that in itself so all alone on your throne you’ll sit as the rest of the world matures and thinks of ways they can contribute to helping the rest of the world meet their basic needs like clean drinking water and toilets and such.
Now, I don’t mean to attack the individuals here who are of sound mind and like nicer things through responsible means. I believe a sturdy, decent piece of furniture (which is often expensive) beats out a cheap one purchased many times over any day. I also am not riding the backs of those who do spend a great deal of money and effort making sure others who don’t have the basics get theirs. I’m referring to the poor ones who are trying to live like the rich and have no business trying.
There are plenty of folks like me who do not care about what they can see, materialistically. I often listen for the nonmaterial things you don’t mention you own.