When I heard the news of Charlotte Dawson’s passing I was devastated. Not because I knew Charlotte and not because I knew a lot about her but I was devastated at the thought of the lengths that some human beings will go to try and hurt one another.
From a very early age my parents taught me about action and consequence. For every action there is a reaction. You can only control your actions and the way other people react to that action is true for them. We might think someone has over reacted or under reacted to a situation but really, it’s not our business how they react and it’s something we can’t control. All we can control is what we put out into the universe.
I decided to start this blog to share many of my life experiences in a forum that would hopefully bring together and add value to many people’s lives. With the blog comes the social media platform that is used to get my message out there and the decision to blog also came with the knowledge that I would be leaving myself open to not only support but also criticism. It comes with the blogging territory.
Whilst constructive criticism is always welcomed nasty bullies are not.
I get it. If you put yourself out on social media, expect to get some backlash and if you don’t like it then get off, but it’s not that simple and I don’t think it was that simple for Charlotte.
Charlotte had a story to tell and not only was she doing amazing things in the many charities she supported but after her suicide attempt in 2011 she also brought to the public’s attention the battle that a lot of people go through when suffering from depression. Along with this came the public awareness of the huge impact cyber bullying is having on people in our community and around the world.
I couldn’t help but think to myself. Do these faceless cowards have any thought for what their actions might be doing to another human being? Do they sit and think before they type? Was this the reaction they were after all along? Surely not…..but I don’t know….
Cyber bullies. I just don’t get it. I really, honestly don’t get it.
We are living in a world where more than ever, thanks to social media, people are putting themselves out there for the world to see and more than ever, we are feeling compelled to chop tall poppies down. Is this online world we are living in isolating people so much that they turn to their laptops for a fight? Are people so bored that they think it’s funny to troll around and spit in the faces of fellow human beings? Surely this can’t make them feel good? Or does it?
One thing I can guarantee is that what some of these people say online they would NEVER have the guts to say to anyone’s face. Cowards.
It breaks my heart that any human would have to endure the internal and external battle that Charlotte Dawson endured for all those years.
I just hope that we as mothers, fathers, uncle’s auntie’s, grandparent’s and as community people in general we are practicing kindness. Let’s teach our tiny ones that every action has a consequence. Let’s teach them to take time, to think about what they are putting out there. Let’s show them how we feel good when we make a positive impact on someone else’s life and that saying or doing things to intentionally hurt or make someone else suffer could come with consequences far greater than we are able to comprehend.
To anyone else out there suffering in silence know that you are not alone. The majority of us are here to help, listen and love without judgement.
Think before you act. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. We receive from the universe what we give to the universe.