Today has been a wonderful day! Everyone’s celebrating Diwali, we’ve all got chilli lights or fairy lights up on our windows, we’re all dressing up in our finest, lighting lamps, eating way more than we can handle because ‘‘Tis the season!‘, and after a very long time, I love the festive season because of the number of people actually giving a damn about the environment and not bursting firecrackers.
And of course, after a very long time, I actually took the effort to dress up in finery for the festival and I shared the photos on my Twitter handle and I have never regretted anything more. The minute after I shared the photos, lewd comments started pouring in, as if it is so difficult to respect boundaries at all. At that moment, I reminded myself why I don’t share too many photos of myself on any of my social media handles.
I don’t understand what is so hard about being decent to people online. Before you can say, ‘Posting that photo was your fault,‘ let me tell you that whether or not a person chooses to share something online is their choice. But that doesn’t mean they have to put up with disgusting creeps who treat you like you’re their property. Being creepy and sleazy isn’t the same as giving a compliment and a lot of people need to understand that today.
And while we’re on the topic of respecting boundaries and all, I just found out that some people simply cannot stop themselves from giving unsolicited advice to others. What others do in and with their lives shouldn’t be any of your concern unless you have been asked for your opinions. No matter how much you convince yourself that it is your ‘moral duty’ to preach to somebody, it doesn’t change the fact that you’re overstepping and you need to back off.
Boundaries are a very sacred thing to me. I don’t let people get away with saying whatever the Hell they want to me because I only allow a select handful of people to talk to me that way. And this goes for everybody. If you are not in somebody’s inner circle or at the very least, their friends’ circle, you are not allowed to say certain things to them.
The simplest rule you can follow when in doubt is to never say anything if you can’t say something nice. But please learn to respect your boundaries and to never overstep when it comes to others’ boundaries. Be a nice person. It costs nothing.
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