Hi friends! Happy, happy Thursday.
If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (akemps12), you know that my obsession for the Olympics is real.
I’ve been telling everyone I really want to plan another maternity leave during the 2020 games 😉
The Olympics are an inspiration + the games are meant to bring people together.
Unfortunately, the world + social media can swiftly turn on people. USA gymnast Gabby Douglas experienced this when everyone criticized her for 1) not having her hand over her heart during the national anthem, 2) not appearing happy for her teammates as they competed in the all around final.
I’ll admit, I was sad to see her not looking ecstatic for her teammates + I was too quick to judge her reaction. When I had more time to reflect on it (plus saw how much terrible + extreme backlash she received) I realized: she is a competitor. I took a minute to put myself into her leotard. It had to be extremely difficult for her not be out there defending her gold medal + watching others accomplish her dream. This is not to say you shouldn’t be a great teammate, but everyone has alluded to the team being close + to her being very supportive. Just because she didn’t show her support the way we wanted her to (a la Laurie Hernandez), doesn’t mean she deserves all of the hate or criticism that has came her way. I started thinking, why does everyone on the internet think they are perfect + flawless? I’m sure if we had a camera on us, they could catch us making the wrong face at the wrong time.
After Leslie Jones saw Gabby getting bullied online she started a movement to have her back. Check out this article via Upworthy. Unfortunately, Leslie has also recently experienced online bullying + knew the importance of supporting our golden girl. It’s gross that we live in a world where bullying has taken to the internet + people can sit behind their computers + hurt others.
I recently received a small taste of blog + personal backlash myself. As I told my dad the story he said, “Amy, haters are always going to hate. Life is about rolling with the punches.” As Michelle Obama teaches her daughters: “When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.” As my friend Natalie’s dad always says, “Hurting people hurt people.”
It’s easy to fight fire with fire my friends. To be quick to anger + judgement. To meet mean words with mean words.
It’s much harder to challenge ourselves to be kind. To go high.
And one someone is pissing on your parade, reach out to those that build you up if you need a pep talk. Those that are authentic + wish the best for you.
I hope this message wasn’t too “basic” for you guys (sorry Mrs. O, couldn’t help it) 😉 I’m always going to be my honest self on this blog, so I hope the message finds you well!