Newsflash: The world doesn’t owe you anything.
You know who does owe you something? You.
That’s right, you. You owe it to yourself to get off your butt and go for a walk once in a while.
You owe it to yourself to call your grandparents, or your parents, or your sibling, just to say “Hi” and see how they are doing.
You owe it to yourself to get a job, to pay your bills, to be a responsible and functioning member of society.
You owe it to yourself to “Let it Go”. To ignore the dumb shit you disagree with on social media, or to unfollow people that upset you.
If it offends you, grow a spine.
If you don’t understand it, research it.
If you don’t agree with it, fine; but step out of your ignorant bubble and put yourself in the other guy’s shoes.
Don’t like a song? Change the channel. Don’t like a show? Change the channel. Don’t like your job? Figure out a way to do something that you do like. Chances are, it is going take time. Trust me- it doesn’t happen overnight. I am still working on this one.
We all have things we dislike, can’t get on board with, disagree with, or downright despise. That’s ok. You don’t like my religion? That’s ok. You practice yours and leave me alone. You don’t like my photography? Fine- don’t look at it. You don’t like me? Join the club. Move on.
I have worked with the public long enough to know everyone wants everything right now, for free, and exactly how they want it. Well, life ain’t Burger King. It ain’t always a walk in the park or a bouquet of fresh cut roses. Get the hell over it. Don’t be a jerk just because you have to follow the rules like everyone else. Believe it or not, most business policies are made to keep you from getting screwed… just accept it, and grin and bear it.
Tough times make you tougher, and if you use your head, they don’t stick around forever. Hard work isn’t a dirty word- No one ever died from a few blisters or a few hours of overtime. Don’t be the guy that missed an opportunity because it knocked on the door dressed in blue collar clothes.
Start thinking for yourself. Stop blaming everyone else for all the crappy things that happen to you. It ain’t your parents fault, your third grade teacher’s fault, or probably even your boss’s fault. Take some responsibility for your crappy decisions. You made the choice, so claim that shit.
Politicians never tell the truth. Hell, they don’t even know what the truth is anymore. That happens when you make promises to everyone you meet, and follow through on none of them. Do some research, be intelligent, and when you have the opportunity, vote for the person that is the least likely to wreck our country. You don’t need to plaster it all over the front of your house- I don’t care who the hell you vote for, as long as you vote. At least you have reason to complain when the jackass you voted for screws up. And if you don’t vote, then shut your face. You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.
Not everything you read on the internet is Gospel truth. Shocker, right? Listen to the radio once in a while. Turn on the local news. Talk to another human being… kind of like the government- what you see isn’t always what you get. If it seems too good to be true, it is. If it is seems to easy, it is. God (or, if you prefer, evolution) gave you a brain- use it.
Be nice. Be humble. Laugh once in a damn while. Work hard for what you want, mind your own business, and remember- if it doesn’t affect you directly, then, by God, keep on keeping on. You might think you are important, but even that well trained high horse you ride on is bound to have a bad day at some point. When reality bucks your ass off, are you going to be able to pick yourself up off the ground gracefully and keep your pride? Or are you going to have to eat some real bitter crow once the dust settles? Be careful how you treat others; because you never know who might be standing at the end of your rope when you need help climbing out of a hole.
Stand up for yourself, and never let anyone treat you less than how you treat them. You owe it to yourself to take pride in yourself. No one owes you anything, if you don’t work for it first. Set some goals, chase your dreams, and make yourself proud. You owe it to yourself to be awesome!
~Much love, Richelle