Those are powerful words. Words that tear people down, words that destroy hope, and words that leave a smoldering trail of painful memories. Sadly, I imagine all of us have identified with at least one of those words or something similar.
I sure have.
I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. I had to buy “husky” clothes. Kids laughed at me for being overweight. Pull-up day in gym class was my annual nightmare. I hated anything involving the beach or swimming pools. A “funny” remark by a friend in college about my weight still cuts me today. Ten years later.
Those kinds of memories are not easily forgotten. Even though I lost a lot of weight five years ago, it is still a constant struggle. Every single day.
Tragically, despite the condemning power of words like “fat” and “stupid,” we sure do use them a lot. Whether we’re talking about celebrities, random people on the street, and, sadly, even our friends, hurtful words are way too common in our vocabularies.
We should change that.
Being mean and judging people sucks. Not only are you ripping through someone else’s emotions, but you are also missing out on all the beautiful things that person has to offer. If all you see is a “loser,” you won’t notice the gifts, talents, and abilities he or she has been blessed with. Gifts, talents, and abilities that can bless you if you give that “loser” a chance.
For example, one of the most important heroes of history, Miley Cyrus, is stunningly talented. She’s accomplished more in a few years than 99.99% of humanity ever will. Sadly, I don’t think anyone on this planet has received more criticism during the past month than Miley Cyrus. Not Congress. Not Assad in Syria. MILEY RAY CYRUS. Yep, she shaved her head (kinda). Yep, she wears some skimpy outfits (or no outfits at all). Yep, she got kinda freaky at the VMAs. Yep, her new video is a little strange.
Oh well. She’s human, and weird, just like the rest of us. I thank God I’m not judged completely by my craziest and most unflattering moments. Other than Tom, we all have our flaws. Even some of history’s greatest legends had some screwups: Moses killed a dude, Elvis was hooked on drugs, Martin Luther King had an affair, and Britney Spears made a song called “E-Mail My Heart.” We’d miss out on all sorts of awesomeness if we only judged those heroes by their faults.
So please give Miley a chance, y’all. A lot of people have called her some terrible things and labelled her an “idiot,” a “slut,” or much worse in recent weeks. Yep, she has some issues, just like everyone else, but she straight up made the best song of 2013.
I listen to this song at least ten times a day and I’m not even ashamed of it. If you’ve written off Miley because of some of her antics, you’re missing out on a masterpiece that would make Mozart jealous.