SBC 4 – Free Choice
It’s crazy how we allow society and the people around us to define who we are. Sometimes it’s people that we don’t even know that we listen to because their “voices” or opinions are listened to by others. Some of us even as young teenagers dress like social media stars or public figures just to be “cool” and to please others. Is this why we live? There’s a line between living to please yourself and wanting to please other people, which one are you choosing?
Recently I found out about somebody close to me that wasn’t doing so well to the point where they started to harm themselves. I felt terrible to the point where I was in tears. I was blind and didn’t see them suffering. Truth is, self harm is a way that people choose to deal and cope with inner pain. The person might be dealing with emotional issues such as, school, sexual confusion, bullying or low self-esteem, and many other factors come into play however, it all connects back to the societal ideals were meant to live up to.
I titled this post Collateral Damage because I don’t think celebrities, brands, or individuals have a primary motive of lowering others self-esteem or making them feel bad about themselves. Still, it is done naturally and results in people wanting to be just like them. Seeing people with fresh clothes and pretty faces that seem to be getting all the attention makes one wonder if they could potentially be like them. Personally, I’ve built up an “I don’t care attitude” in terms of the clothes I wear or pictures I post. However, it’s not easy for everyone to face their insecurities. If you do know anyone suffering please take the time to talk to them or contact https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ in the USA.