Hey people, so I always wanted to write about living and letting others do the same (live and let live) but a part of me always felt it was quite sensitive and “table shaking”…Lol
Anyway, I guess someone has to say it, soooo… here goes nothing 🤷🏼♀️
…If only treating other people the way you wanted God to treat you was a secret rule to life, ask yourself, how well have you done?
As a graduate of International Relations, I learnt that in as much as no state can stand alone as an island because they need one another to survive, they still very much focus solely on themselves and “survival of the fittest” is the only rule known to the game. The same thing goes for we as humans, some way or the other we always choose ourselves first, no matter how selfless we might think we are or how free spirited, and this is okay, one of the first instincts of being human is survival, so we do whatever it takes to live by, this too, is very much allowed, after all if you don’t look out for yourself, who will? This is living, but how about we let others do the very same?
We live in a world where the moment someone’s light is shining brighter than normal, we immediately get uncomfortable and see them undeserving of such and do whatever it takes to dim this brightness, the second their laughter is louder, we believe they are mocking us, and the minute their strides are longer, we conclude they are pursuing us, then we make it our sole purpose to convince ourselves we deserve it more, choosing to forget that no matter how bright or dim their light is, it will never affect the status of ours, no matter how loud or silent their laughter, our joy does not depend on it and no matter how long or short their strides, we can still walk or fly in our own lane, though a common saying, but my sister would say, “the sky is way too wide for every bird to fly without crossing paths or having their wings touch”.
The moment we realize the biggest secret to success is to wish others well, we will stop shooting them down and focus on our own path. Hate is too big a burden, jealousy, too deep a feeling and envy, too unnecessary a way of life.
Being human, we want the best for ourselves, but there are so many “bests” the world has to offer, even siblings can choose the same path, yet soar differently, remember, no one’s light ever went out by helping others shine, the very least you can do is cheer or simply wish people well. A sincere congratulatory message could go a long way, a genuine “keep fighting” note could strengthen a hustler and a simple prayer for the next person could save your own soul.
A light that learns to shine by dimming others’ will never shine for too long, such don’t only get dimmed, they get blown out with every force.
Shine and let shine
Soar and let soar
Live and let live.