5 Important Things to Normalize Because Duuh… They’re Normal
Feature ⬝ Real Jhon Castillon
The community quarantine, which forces some of us to stay home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, has gotten everyone talking about what things we should and should not normalize. And honestly, we’re thankful that we’re lobbying this now – though quite odd since it took a global health emergency to talk about these things.
But even prior to COVID-19, discussion about certain things to normalize has been the hot topic on social media particularly on Twitter. Millennials and Gen-Zs in particular have been the forefront in all these discussions and we’re glad to see youths taking action and voicing out their INFORMED opinions about certain matters.
Go on, y’all. They need to listen to what we have to say so keep on preaching. For once, let’s put things into perspective, shall we?
We’ve rounded up some of the things that we should normalize because they are after all, normal.
WOMEN POSTING NUDES/THIRST TRAPS OR BEING HORNY
It’s pretty simple: their body, their business.
Stop putting women in a box because they’re not objects. First and foremost, they’re human beings. And like a normal human being, they too have every right to post their nudes or tweet/post “fck I’m horny” sans being criticized for doing such. Let alone calling them out for being too much. That it’s inappropriate for a woman to say such “horrendous” things.
In case you didn’t know, not everything is about men. So the next time you see a woman flaunting her body or expressing sexual urges on social media, go let her. If it does not affect you in any way then just shut the hell up.
And a friendly reminder, a thirst trap posted is not an invitation for harassment. Not ever. Some days we’re just feeling our oats we can’t help but share them to the world.
FULLY EMBRACING YOUR IMPERFECTIONS
Okay, that kind of escalated quickly because we suddenly went “uwu” from “yaas gurl”. But hey, in case no one told you today and ever, your imperfections are valid. Contrary to popular belief, they’re what makes you perfect.
Make it a habit to look at yourself in the mirror every day and tell yourself that your imperfections are make you the human being that you are today. That you may not have possessed everything in life but it does not make you less of a perfect human being.
Go easy on yourself. Take it one day at a time.
PAYING YOUR ARTIST THE AMOUNT THEY RIGHTFULLY DESERVE
No, graphic design or making art in general is not just a piece of a cake. It takes a lot of brainstorming and most of the time, it’s mentally exhausting. They’re not just putting objects or lines there for the sake. That that poster or TV ad or radio ad has to coincide together – from the company brand, image and down to the message that they want to convey to the target audience. Unless you want a simple-simple output then you can go ask someone else to do it for free. But that would be rude, right?
What may appear a simple artwork for you lies the fact that they’ve spent sleepless nights and gone through a hell lot of rejections and revisions to formulate such. If you’re still not convinced yet, these artists literally went to a prestigious school and attended seminars, workshops, and short-courses online just to hone their craft. And for you to ask them to do it for free or in exchange of a gift certificate or whatnot is just downright absurd. These people have bills to pay for as well.
Go support your artist friends – it’s the least you could do. They need more of it these days. Buy their art and write a good review about it. It’s that easy. But never ever ask art for FREE unless they told you so.
CUTTING TIES WITH A *FAMILY MEMBER* WHO NO LONGER GIVES YOU PEACE
Whether you like it or not, you can actually cut ties with people, a certain family member included, who did nothing but comment on your personal lives and use your weaknesses and insecurities against you or abused you for years.
You owe it to yourself to distance from this toxicity and find a company that only gives you mental and social peace. It’s one thing to forgive them for what they did for your mental health’s sake and another to just move on and forget what happened just because you were too young to understand things back then.
Do not let the “blood is always thicker than water” lure you into thinking that you should just forgive and forget. If you think that it will be beneficial for you as a person to cut ties with them, do it. Some may have not succeeded but at least for once, they tried – that’s what matters. And for once, they attained peace.
SEEKING PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
It’s so unfortunate that until now, there’s still this stigma attached to people who are gravely suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. That they’re making things up or worse, just seeking attention.
What’s even sadder is most of these statements come from the people we are close with – friends, family, partner, or colleague. Apparently, there’s still a long way to go for us to educate people about mental health. But at least with the help of some of the medical doctors specializing in such and are advocating this cause through their online platforms, we’re slowly moving forward.
For starters, we must convince first ourselves and later on the people around us that mental health is as important as physical health and other health aspects. Go seek for a professional help if you must. There’s no shame in doing such. As a matter of fact, it’s a huge step.
But more importantly, #KeepGoing.