On a recent crusade of “feeling very sorry for myself”, I laid in bed and watched The Hills for nearly an entire two days. Could that have been around the time of my 23rd birthday and, thus, my 3/8th-life crisis? Potentially.
But I watched Lauren and Audina’s escapades to try and pinpoint where I want to ideally be, and one thing sprung out at me. Lauren’s infamous
“I want to forgive you… and I want to forget you,” “I’ll keep my opinions to myself, they just get me in trouble!” quote.
Because, really, that’s the stage we’re at nowadays. We all have an opinion coupled with varying degrees of outspokenness.
Law wrote a post this week documenting her thoughts on the general population being less opinionated (sans DM readers), feeling like you have to speak a particular voice in order to avoid the trolls and the fear, almost, of something kicking off if you had an opinion that wasn’t like everyone else. I’m not going to lie, I’m a pretty mild, laidback kinda gal but one with thoughts, opinions and something to say. I just choose to share them here or, er, with myself. (I’m not crazy, I promise.) But should we be keeping our thoughts to ourselves? When there is so much media available to us for just that – sharing?
We’re happy to sift through endless selfies/selcas, aerial shots of mealtime and #OOTD’s – I’m very guilty of all of these, despite them all being square shaped reps of over-sharing – but when it comes to truly having a voice about other matters, we’re terrified of overstepping the mark.
My advice is not to be afraid of what others may think. Your opinion is important and someone will benefit from it. Whether you quietly gather your thoughts and note them down to yourself, or you write it in 140 characters or less, or use a GIF or meme, or you compile an entire post about them: you really do matter and the “trolls” really don’t.