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Don't pull that pin

11 October 2012, 07:22

Everyone deserves a fair chance, a second chance… a chance to be loved.

I ended my previous article with: “…ask yourself if you are not that person’s pin… keeping the grenade from exploding,” and it really got me thinking about society; the person next to you and how you treat that person.

Have you ever had a day where you hoped it will all just end? Most likely if someone lent you an ear or offered a shoulder it would make it just a bit easier to bear. How do you feel if no one is interested?

Every day I see confused and broken people needing someone to acknowledge them.  Yet the majority never reaches out. Fear and insecurities inhibit them from searching for what they need. Fear and insecurities instilled by the general population. People who think they are better than others, judge and hate.

We see only what we choose to see: the things that fit in with our lifestyles or current moods.  Generally it will only be the ‘rainbow’ stuff. But what about the dark cloud behind it? Even when we notice someone is hurt, we will not get involved because they have something that contradicts with our belief system.

Have you ever considered that the Goth girl next to you is using her ‘scary’ clothes and makeup as a mask? Pushing people away just not to get hurt, again. Perhaps she just needs someone sincere to talk to, breaking past her walls to reveal the incredible person inside. Would you take the time to be that person? Would you dare to love someone that seems to be different?

What about the drug-addict? Ever wondered why they became such a mess in the first place? Can a hand of friendship maybe pull them out from the dark pit they are in? That person was at one stage probably very similar to you: with dreams, aspirations and ambitions. Why not get them back on that track?

The gay boy trying to make peace with who he is. Would giving him a hug instead of a cold shoulder kill you in any way? Would you catch a disease? Is he not going through enough as it is? Why does he have to do it alone? Maybe a little love and respect can save his life, and he can get a chance to grow up to be an inspiration to other people.

It is too easy for a person to say it is not their problem. But what if it was you? Would you not want a little support and guidance? Does that person not deserve a fair chance in life; in love?

This should come to pass beyond culture, race, gender, orientation and most of all: religion. Is the cornerstone of religion not to love and not judge?

The best part is that you don’t even have to go out of your way to do that. It won’t cost you a cent! But next time you see someone ‘different,’ instead of saying something vicious and spiteful, why not give a warm smile; say hello. Give a hug. Say I love you. You never know, you might just get to know your next best friend or someone that can save your life in future.

This goes not only for strangers but for your friends too. When a friend sends you a message saying hello, perhaps he is saying more than that. Maybe it is a “Help!”! Take the time, be a true friend. Say hello back. Why did they write to YOU? You never know if they depend on you being there more than you think. Did you notice the water in their eyes before they left your house the last time? Maybe if you did they would still be here…

Be there! Be a friend! Love unconditionally! EVERYONE deserves it!

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