Yesterday the prompt was “what does living boldly mean?”. I had a negative reaction to that. I thought, perhaps unfairly, that the prompt creators were trying to get people on to reveal their edginess. Ways they stand out. I am not edgy or bold. Not even a little bit.
Bold, bright colors are okay.
But I’m getting a bit tired of our cultural obsession with boldness. I get that it makes good TV, YouTube, TikTok…But, maybe, that shouldn’t be our primary aim in life.
The obsession with boldness has permeated our culture to where we have the people now being referred to as “Karens” boldly being obnoxious all over the place. People boldly going after nurses and flight attendants who are just doing their jobs trying to keep people safe for enforcing rules they don’t make. The actions of many elected officials are down right embarrassing. Supposedly, it seems like it’s okay to be mean, tell lies and be thoughtless if you are brash about it…
Frankly, I’m ready to see a shift from admiring boldness to admiring thoughtfulness and consideration.
Okay, maybe a little bit
Random thought: after reading today’s “inspiration” (what emoji(s) do you like to use?). I realized that I am in fact a little bold. I am boldly, as in very confidently showing a lack of fear, not posting on every prompt. I didn’t do a couple over the weekend, in part because I was making my own content, but also because I have absolutely no idea what I like about my writing or what people incorrectly assume about me.
In order to address two prompts with one post: I do know what an emoji is. I do not use them because, to me, there is way too much chance that whoever sees them will not understand what I mean. I try to use accurate language. I rarely understand what the little buggers are supposed to mean.
I can’t tell you how many times I told my son to “use his words” when he was a toddler. Why on earth regress?
I should also admit that I can’t ever remember how to find them 😉.