I recently lost a dear friend. He and I had just recently reconnected. We had communicated over social media, but hadn’t had any face time in a couple of years. Two weeks after that reconnection, he was gone. I won’t go into detail about the circumstances around his passing, but it has truly sparked in me a desire to connect with people on a level that may not be comfortable for me, but necessary.
This post is just to make people think about the world around them. Oftentimes we are so absorbed in our social media connections, playlists, books, daydreams, etc., that we don’t see what is going on around us. We don’t recognize when things are out of place or out of the ordinary. We have become too afraid to ask questions or simply reach out and have some actual contact or intimate interaction.
Not everyone is okay even if they look okay. Take the risk of offending someone or embarrassing yourself for the sake of another’s well-being. Put down your phone and observe your surroundings. Take the time to notice things and recognize when things are different.
I am writing this to say that we have become too accustomed to thinking of how things could go wrong if we were to take action. We have also learned to value our perceived intentions more than our actual intentions. Trust your instincts. You have them for a reason.