Isn’t it funny that no matter how many good things you do, for the planet or just and individual, people are just waiting for that one slip up that you make.
We could do 99 things right, but people will always remember that 1 thing you did wrong.
I want to talk about something a little more personal today…
I am fully aware that I put a lot of my life online, for the world to see. Unfortunately for some reason in doing so, I am expected to be open to the fact that I may receive judgment or negativity from my followers. Or just online trolls. And with this I am supposed to turn a blind eye and pretend it’s not happening.
This is all well and good, until you do receive negativity, especially from friends who are supposed to be your supporters.
Over the past year I have really struggled with making this a platform I can share my opinion and my knowledge, and have a positive impact. And I work really hard in doing so.
Let me reiterate that… I have struggled with being perfect. I want to do everything right. Not only as a blogger but as a human being.
I want to eat, sleep, and live sustainably and ethically. But in order to do that I would have to live naked in the forest and eat grass… But even that would upset or offend people.
The truth is we are living in a world where people are so easily offended, and we are waiting for someone to make a mistake so that we have something to say about it.
It is sad when someone has to paint a dark picture of another, in order to paint a “perfect” picture of themselves.
Let me give you a little example of what it is I am talking about…
Recently, I bought a paid of Blundstone boots. Why?
- They are great for hiking
- Comfortable and reliable
- Outstanding environmental standards
- Ethical employment
- Safe and healthy workplace
So, all round a great, sustainable brand. Their downfall? The boots are leather and not vegan…
Now, if you have been following me for a while, you will know that although I am, I’d say 95% vegan I don’t blog about this.
If you have also been following me for a while you will know that my boot of choice are my vegan leather Dr. Martens. An alternative to wearing leather. But, are they a good one?
Ethically no. Although they have a great new vegan range, which means the materials they use are 100% vegan friendly, the alternative, is environmentally damaging. Polyvinyl Chloride is one of the most environmentally damaging plastics. On top of this, their labour conditions are deemed not good enough.
So before you try to put another person down, look at yourself and everything you are doing, and think before you judge someone or even comment, is everything I am doing or wearing perfect?
And the answer will be no.
Because no body, no matter how much good they are doing is perfect.
The honest truth is, trying to be a good human being in a messed up world is exhausting, and impossible.
However, when you are trying so damn hard to be close to that the last thing you need is someones negative opinion.
Why can’t people take their negative energy and comments and give it to people that are not even trying to be good citizens?