Think Before You Post
A video of a woman having a meltdown at a ferry terminal has recently gone viral. In the short film, the woman gets the news that she has missed her ferry by 5 minutes and she completely loses it. There weren’t many bystanders, but her screaming was enough to inspire someone to capture the event on their phone - and the rest was history. I will not post a link to the video because I believe she has already been adequately humiliated, but I’m sure it can be easily found if you really feel the need to watch it.
I don’t know the young woman in the video, but as I watched, I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for her. How many of us can say we are proud of everything we have done? Even I have gone into my bedroom and screamed into my pillow like a maniac. Unfortunately for her, we live in an age where just about everything we do is being filmed. It’s amazing that, with the push of a button, the world can witness such an embarrassing moment in someone’s life.
No one knows what this poor woman was going through during all of this. I can’t imagine the stress she must have been experiencing for her to unravel like that. So, before you jump on a bandwagon that celebrates one of somebody’s worst days, think about it: What if that was you? What if that was one of your kids or even your spouse? The woman in the video is one of these things to someone. Do you think she feels any better now that the world has seen her angst? I doubt it.
If you see someone having a really bad time, put the phone in your pocket and see if they need help. Buy them a cup of coffee and make sure they are safe. I wonder, when we walk through the throngs of faceless bodies we pass each day, how many are on their last straw? How many can’t take another blow after the loss of a child or may be fighting to stay clean of the substances that once ruled their lives? We don’t know what people are going through, which is why we need to be careful about casting judgement.
Let human kindness take the place of viral videos and trending topics. Before you post about the hot-gossip or scandalous rumor you heard, really take a second to think about the people that it will affect. There is an old saying, “If you don’t have something nice to say...”, well, you know the rest. I urge you to take a stand with me against cyber-bullying and start spreading positivity in it’s place. A picture is worth a thousand words, but it should never be worth someone’s dignity or happiness. Jump on the bandwagon for the greater good, it can be found on the higher road.
Please keep the victims of the mall explosion in Perth, Australia and the train accident in New York in your thoughts and prayers today. I hope everyone is having a great week! We’ll talk again tomorrow, I’ll bring the coffee. -R.