I'm not sure why it shocked me to see a photo series like this. Maybe because I'm not in a Mommy stage of life, or maybe because I never really thought about the idea that Moms would care about what other Moms do, and truly think they have a say in it. Or, maybe it's really because I hoped that at this point we would all be over judging one another for any choices that we make. I mean, we are adults. Right?
See, I know judgment is not a new phenomenon. I distinctly remember in grade school how everyone cared about:
- What people wore in school ("Oh my god is she REALLY wearing those overalls?")
- What people said ("I can't believe she would say something like that to her own parents!")
- What people did in their time off ("Ugh, what a loser. Who listens to THAT band?!")
And now, there is just more judgment to look forward to.
Well, I think we need to stop. It's depressing there even has to be a photo series asking, begging, people to stop hating on one another. We need to love and encourage.
Life sucks. Life is hard. Life would suck less and be a lot less hard if people realized that their opinion has absolutely no place in someone else's life story. None. Zero.
So, focus on you. No one else can live your life, because you are. Live it your way. Forget the opinions and judgments of others.
And please, I implore you, please stop judging other people for what you deem as their shortcomings and missteps. Nothing, I repeat nothing, gives you the right to decide how someone else should live their life. Do you. That's all you can (and should) control.