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Today, we need each other more than ever.
We need reassurance because we’ve become incredibly vulnerable and self-conscious as a generation. Social media, art and culture seem to be the threads of a superficial, narcissistic veil which hides true insecurities. Our value and self-worth comes down to how receptive our images, posts, and general opinions are on social networks.
We need strength because mentally we don’t have the energy to be strong twenty-four seven. Problems are problems, regardless of size. At one point in your life, it will take up the majority of your mental capacity. It’s all you think about – before, during and after. We worry about pretty much everything there is to worry about. Being in the city doesn’t help either, with overheads soaring whilst your income remains stagnant; you’re taxed on virtually everything; unemployment is at a high, with the younger generation losing more hope on ever finding anything. And being in the UK, the weather is fucking depressing.
Everyone’s growing up whilst you’re under more pressure to find a path to stick to. Just a lane, just some security to let society know that you’re like them – that you have foundations. And with those foundations, you build routine, and create a schedule that you spend the next few years of your monotonous life, adhering to – because everyone else does the same. Life suddenly stops being fun.
That’s why we need to smile more, and start thinking about each other as opposed to ourselves. Yes, we have our troubles – but subconsciously we wish people could acknowledge, relate and help us. So why should we not be the same for others? Always help someone when you have the ability to – be it skills related, financially, emotionally, anything – even if there is nothing to gain on your end.
I wish we smiled more, because the domino effect is phenomenal, and you’d be surprised at how such a little action can leave a massive impact on someone. It’s difficult when everything feels like it’s falling apart, of course, but that should make us appreciate the good all the more. Focus on positivity because the stronger that energy gets, the closer WE become. There’s always a light somewhere, sometimes we just need to help each other find it.
Vulnerability and self-consciousness stem from way too many issues we face in this day and age, so in this day and age, we need to help, support, appreciate and love each other for this day and age to be more of a positive day and age to a future generation of dreamers, believers and optimists. Smile more. Look for silver linings, appreciate the little gestures, and crooked moments that make your life a little bit different to everyone else’s.