I’ve been realizing more and more lately how I just don’t have time for unnecessary negativity, whether it be my personal or professional life. It’s been on my mind a lot, but was solidified when I recently encountered some extremely closed-minded, negative, and downright mean photographers in a forum I was a part of (and have since left because fuck that). I know what you’re thinking — of course I had a bad experience in an online forum. I know people can be a hell of a lot shittier online because the anonymity creates this sense of freedom and all filters go out the window, but damn, people. Have a little respect and decency for your colleagues. We’re all in this together, right?
And really, that kind of expression can be applied to everyone, everywhere. We’re all in this WORLD together, all on this earth and experiencing life together. What’s the point in being an asshole? In complaining? In only seeing the bad? In being convinced that you’re the only person who can possibly be right, and everyone else is just stupid, or inexperienced, or naive? I’m not saying there’s never any room to think and feel thoughts and feelings that aren’t just rainbows and unicorns. I understand that sometimes life is rough, sometimes things are painful or discouraging or downright shitty, and it’s okay to let yourself become immersed in those feelings. I’m talking more about people who like to complain or degrade or just spit out negative energy every chance they get. The world is just waiting to hear why they hated this TV show, how badly their day is going because there was a long line at Starbucks, how much this celebrity is ugly and this one has no talent and this song is stupid, how they don’t have enough money or a big enough house or whatever it may be. I’m guilty of these things, too, but I’m working to cut it all out of my life. The thoughts AND the people. Ain’t nobody got time for that!