We’re All People.
I don’t normally write these sort of rambling posts, but as I was riding back from a family vacation, staring mindlessly out the passenger window, I couldn’t help but ponder the weird conspiracies and theories as to why we do things. As a new grad, I’m starting to get nervous and anxious to start my full time job later this month. Why? Well — there’s the looming need to impress my superiors, managers, bosses, coworkers, friends, family, etc.
You see, this world is made up of humans who are nothing but atoms and souls. But somehow, certain souls hold power over others, intimidating the “little people” we feel we are sometimes.
I started to think about how this sort of thing has become more common with the rise of social media influencers and celebrities, but it’s an issue we’ve dealt with for thousands of years. From religious leaders and colonial rulers, to Beyonce and past presidents, humans have felt the need to look up to people in sometimes a confusing mix of admiration and fear.
We walk into a room of “powerful” people and clam up. Whether it’s success, attractiveness, popularity, confidence, it seems to be that the more qualities a person has that we lack, the more we idolize and fear them.
But what would it be like to feel no fear?
What if there was a zombie apocalypse or the world came to an end? What if there were no such thing as brands and clothing and technology — where everyone was just roaming the earth freely, searching for food, laughter, and a mate?
Everyone has their own backgrounds and stories, but at the end of the day, we’re people going through life. We’re humans. We pee and poop. We experience love and heartbreak. We sometimes get rained on, and we sometimes get f*cking poured on. We make mistakes. We sneak a cookie from the cookie jar when mom’s not looking. We get mad when someone steals from our cookie jar. Some of us rise to the top and make millions, but most of us don’t. We feel things, many of which we don’t want to feel. Some of us have a lust for life, while some stay underwhelmed, floating through the motions.
When you take away the status of CEO or 100K followers on Instagram, you see a human. The same as me and you (unless you’re that famous Gorilla who can learn over 35 words, in which case, well, I don’t know what to say.)
I’m not trying to preach — in fact I’m trying to speak to myself more than anything. I guess the point I’m trying to make is that next time I attempt a prediction about someone based on a status or appearance, I should remind myself they’re the same damn thing I am. A mammal, an animal, a human.
We’re all in the same boat, and we all have the potential to reach the same heights.