I think the world is a pretty darn amazing place.
But if I were given the chance to press the DELETE button on a couple of things to make it an even more amazing place than it already is, I would…
- Say sayonara to the Biebs. I know he allegedly has the voice of an angel (a girl angel maybe, but an angel nonetheless–allegedly), the hair of Adonis and has more influence (and Twitter followers) than the President of the United States, but ‘baby, baby, baby oh’ I can’t take no mo’.
- Gas prices. I mean, c’mon!
- The ‘Back to School’ displays appearing everywhere. When I was a wee one, these signs sent me into complete panic mode. It meant that the days of swimming pools and sleepovers, staying up late and utter freedom to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted were on their way to becoming a thing of the past, a distant memory clouded in piles of homework and scarily set alarm clocks. Summer can’t be half-way over already, can it?!
- Spiders. Creepy. Crawly. Hairy and scary little buggers. I think it was Edwin Starr who once said, “
WarSpiders, oouh. What are they good for? Absolutely nothing, say it again…”. Okay. I know they are good for things like eating mosquitos and blah, blah, blah, but holy EEK, Batman!! Or should I say Spiderman?
But perhaps one of the most important things that I would rid the world of are labels.
Labels on how we should look, what we should eat, where we should work/what our careers should be, who we should love, how rich or poor we are.
He’s such a geek. Can you believe she’s just a janitor? They live there??
Labels. They suck. Honestly. Can you imagine a world in which there were none of these stigmas, these superficial and empty and not-at-all important preconceived boxes that we put others and ourselves in? Can you just imagine?
It would be awesome! People would start to see themselves, their friends and family and complete strangers for who they are and not what they should or shouldn’t be. We would start to define ourselves and others not by what fancy shmancy car they drive or how thin they are, but by things like how kind and generous and smart they are. We would appreciate more and take for granted less.
We spend so much time focused and worried about how others perceive us, trying desperately to do anything to fit into that ‘box’ that others have subscribed to us–I have been guilty of this myself in the past, living as a label and not as an individual with uniquenesses and crazy cool differences. We place unbelievably high and somewhat ridiculous expectations on ourselves and others, not afraid to put others down in the process to achieve that perfect label. Equality and acceptance is often times thrown out the window which results in a lot of hurt and lot of pain.
I don’t know. Maybe I’m an optimist. (p.s. I initially typed “optometrist”. Maybe I’m one of those too). But I firmly believe that if all of those gosh darn labels were thrown out with tomorrows trash, the world would change, one DELETED label at a time.
So I ask you…can you imagine a world without labels?
Baby, baby, baby ohhh I sure can 🙂
Question of the day: If you could rid the world of one thing (or things) what would they be?
I just named a few things off of the top of my head, but I would also be sure to add to my list: cancer, B.O., and mayonnaise (gross).