Art by: Jeffrey Sincich and Josh Stover
The world has its share of critics. Any quick search on the internet or stroll on social media will confirm it. Unfortunately, now more than ever, people can hide behind their virtual armor while plonking away at their keyboards releasing quick diatribes. Negative internet trolls aside, you also have to contend with every day encounters with people who have zero manners or those who want to unleash their negativity on vulnerable targets. Mean girls are real and so are rude dudes. This brings me to my new favorite quote: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
It may sound cliché, but you never know the positive impact a compliment, shared laugh in a coffee line, or simple “how are you?” can have on someone’s mindset. Please quit looking down at your phone or snapping a photo of your fancy latte, and be present. Notice humanity, smile, empower someone, and watch things get better. I promise you it will not only shift the rhythm of your day, but it will make someone else’s a little brighter. Be someone’s sunshine, even when your own skies are gray. That’s how the light gets in.
P.S. For anyone still in school, never ever let someone sit alone and eat their lunch. Invite them to your table. You will never regret being kind.
P.P.S. Ignore the queen bee who tells you not to do it—be kind. If you saw the movie, Mean Girls, you know things won’t end well for her anyway.