It’s a beautiful day outside and it reminds me of what summer’s going to be like. Or rather how it was last year and the year before. However with each new year, I’ve begun to realize that I love summer but not only for its clear blue sunny skies, or beach wear in the malls. I love summer because people are nicer and people judge you less.
During the summer, you can pretend to be a tourist and get away with anything. You can get away with wearing a bright pink shirt with yellow shorts and green flip flops because everyone is dressed the same way. You can get out of the shower, go outside and not have everyone look at you with widened eyes. They’ll assume you were at the pool, beach or shower and it’ll be normal. Drinking a fruity cocktail outside with music playing loudly won’t make you look like a drunk annoying teenager. People will assume you’re enjoying your vacation. Holding hands and kissing your boyfriend or girlfriend in the subway won’t look so sloppy. People will think of you as a summer fling.
People, people, people, though. Who are they to judge us ? Why are people judging me ?
“Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the same advantages that you’ve had.” – The Great Gatsby.
But have you thought about those you judge constantly, just because they’re living life to the fullest ? They’ve probably had a happy life and a beautiful day and maybe that’s why they’re wearing those clothes. They’re probably celebrating themselves as Walt Whitman intended us to do by cranking up the music and dancing alone.
I celebrate myself by being who I want to be. I take pride in the fact that I have dreams, goals, inspiration, experience, intelligence, passion, imagination, determination and the ability to live my life to the fullest.
So go and live your life. You don’t need to be understood by anybody. You were created to be unique, to be happy, to live life. Not to conform to society’s idea of “normal” – and certainly not to judge others.
You’re the one who’s going to suffer if you don’t do what you want to do. You’re the one who has to live with yourself for the rest of your life.
Be free, live your life and you’ll be extraordinarily happy.