As my week came to a close, the words “Spring Break” were repeated over and over in my head and out loud by others. The eager anticipation for this long-awaited respite from the horrors of school has made itself evident.
The words “perfection” were also thrown about, but not in the same jovial matter as our break. In a sense, the fact that it is Good Friday, is a perfect time to talk about imperfection. How often do we try to portray ourselves as perfect? More importantly, why do we try to portray ourselves as “perfect people”?
The answer? Because we are afraid of being judged.
We are afraid, at least I know I am, of what would happen if we really showed ourselves on Facebook or Instagram. How people would view us differently, how people would see us if they knew that we really don’t have as many friends as we try to portray or if they knew that we aren’t as happy as our pictures try to show.
Now I’m not here to give the importance of opening up or to say that we need to let down our walls. I am here to talk to the other side of the issue, to the others that I am so afraid will judge me, to the friends of friends, I am speaking for those that are too afraid to say that they are hurting, I am speaking for those who are ashamed of their imperfections and I am speaking to those who judge, put down, and hurt others because of the weaknesses they see.
There is no shame in hurt, there is no indignity in brokenness. There is no wrong in doubt or fear. Everyone is hurting in some way and there should never be dissention for those grievances.
What I am trying to say is that nobody is perfect, everyone is hurting in some way and no one should feel that if they were to open up about their struggles, that they would be judged. When we can learn not to judge others because of what they are going through, more people will become used to the idea of opening up and sharing their struggles. It is not first the responsibility of the hunting person to open up, it is our responsibility to accept everyone with open and loving arms.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this. If you are on Spring Break, enjoy it, if you celebrate Easter, have a wonderful Easter, or if this is just another week for you, have a fantastic week and remember to Always Respond!
P.S. Due to the fact that it is Spring Brea this week, I will not be posting next Friday!