Let’s talk stereotypes.
I, myself, am an athlete. I’ve played soccer, volleyball, softball, and am hoping to start up track this spring. Softball, to me, is by far the most fun sport to play, but it comes with its struggles. People expect so much of you in the sport, even though the margin for error is massive. You have to run fast, throw the ball hard and accurately, swing the bat with power, take leaps of faith to catch something, and if you get hurt, to suck it up and keep playing. It takes a lot of strength, both physically and mentally. And that’s the same for every sport.
But let’s face it. Not everyone is an athlete.
Not every person out there has to make decisions needed to change the entire aspect of the game within milliseconds. Not everybody has the strong muscles and endurance to withstand physical exertion for over an hour at a time nonstop. Even if they do, maybe they’ve decided to not spend that kind of energy on sports…
So does that mean all jocks out there should look down on people different than them as if they’re inferiors?
It’s becoming a widespread thing in today’s schools were kids are basically grouped into specific categories where their personality fits, and each category is ranked for popularity and “coolness”. And apparently the only category with kids considered strong is the jocks..
Since when did this kind of thinking become acceptable?
You can’t tell how strong someone is by how fit their physical state is or how popular they are amongst the masses! It’s about how much work and effort they’ve put into their own talent in any part of their life.
Take the musicians, for an example. The people who can organize certain chords and tempos to compose the most pleasing sounds that flow into your ears. The artists? All they need is a pencil and paper, and a priceless masterpiece follows, whether it be prose, poetry, or picture. And we can’t forget about the dancers who display feelings and stories through fluid movement. These are the types of people who poor emotion into their talents, affecting your own mind in multiple ways all at once. Their strength lies in their creativity and hard work, traits that a lot of athletes could only dream of having.
There’s also the “nerds”, or more appropriately, the ones who have the largest mental capacity of us all and enjoy the principle of learning. They are the ones who take God’s gift of the human mind to their advantage, expanding it to it’s limit. Their strength? Their determination and more importantly, their brain, which is the strongest muscle in the body.
Now, these are obviously just some of the more distinct types of people. There are hundreds of talented individuals out there with different skills, traits, and hobbies that require great strength of mind, heart, and body.
And who says you have to stay in one of these groups and only one? God created you with a powerful mind and body, capable of unlimited things. He didn’t make any kind of category for you to be placed in based on your personality. He didn’t mean for you to feel like you can’t branch out and explore new interests, just because other people will judge you for it. He created you to be you. You are unique and strong in every which way, no matter how different you think and do things from other people.
I want you to go out today and do whatever makes you happy, whatever you dream about, and whatever you enjoy doing. Life is short, so why should you spend most of it not doing something you love for fear of being judged? Or even worse, for fear of being too weak? Trust me in this, if you set your mind to do something, you will always find the strength to do it.
So go live your dream.