Over the past couple of years, something that I have been trying to avoid is reacting to drama. I’m talking about drama from rumors about celebrities online, drama in my family, any kind of drama that you can think of. I have no problem with reading it or hearing about it, the issue I was having is having to react to drama by tweeting about it, making a YouTube video about it, or telling others about my opinion. I have come to realize how hard it really is.
The Never-Ending Cycle of Reacting to Drama
Ever since I could remember I have been addicted to knowing about drama and giving my opinion about it, even if no one asked for it. I have always felt the pull of needing to react to everything that is happening currently in the world. I am not sure how it even started and how I got so addicted to it. The way that I know that I am addicted is because when I see anything online that I am able to form an opinion about, I feel the need to react to it. The most recent example that I can give is the PJ Washington and Brittany Renner situation that everyone is talking about on my Twitter timeline and is trending. I have been wanting to tweet out my opinion or maybe make a YouTube video or even write a blog post about it. Breaking down the situation and how other people are wrong and how they should respect people and blah, blah, blah. I see the jokes that people are making, the opinions that people are giving and I feel the need to say something that is what I would consider being “enlightening”. My heart starts to beat faster and I think that I can offer some insight into it. And then I remember that it is not my place and not even something that I need to give an opinion on publicly. Don’t get me wrong, privately with family members and friends I have no problem discussing this type of stuff. There are very few people that I can do that with though and not have to worry about them spreading my opinion to the world. But for me to publicity make my opinion known for others to criticize and to give their opinion on my opinion is just something that I am not interested in.
The Thin Line Between Reacting to Drama and Trying to Provide Information
I still have yet to find the line between being able to provide information about a situation and not feeding into drama. It is something that is a constantly shifting line depending on what subject I am speaking about. And it is also different for everyone. For the things that I don’t speak about, I may still have an opinion on it, I just won’t say it publicly. And for the things that I do speak about publicly, I try to provide an opinion that is informative, is able to spark a conversation, and does not isolate anyone. I try not to just do something to get a reaction from others. Hopefully, I will be able to find better ways to do so in the future. I think I have done a pretty good job at it so far but I do want to make sure that I am being responsible with my words and actions.
It is hard not to feed into all of the drama that I see online or hear about elsewhere. Almost uncomfortably hard. But I do feel it is my responsibility to control myself and learn some self-restraint. I shouldn’t have to make another person feel bad just so that I am able to feel good about myself or my situation in life. I also shouldn’t have to give an opinion about everything that is happening in the world. I try to put myself in other people's shoes often and try to understand from their perspective. With all of that being said, I just hope to be able to find a balance of reacting to drama and being able to be informative and give my opinion on a situation without excluding anyone. I may mess up and cross the line sometimes and if I do I will be sure to reevaluate what it is that I am doing and do better in the future.