By Celina Simmons
Welcome back to yet another semester here at SMCC. I hope we all took advantage of the much needed time off and are ready to shift back into gear. I know for me, personally, I could use maybe one more week.
Over the past month or so, there were moments I wish had lasted forever as well as times that I wish could be forgotten. But I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been there. This recent break gifted me with some much needed time alone where I got to thinking, or over-thinking if you wish, about people and relationships we find ourselves in and I’m not just talking about romantic relationships either.
I see the word “toxic” come up on almost every social media platform out there. By definition, toxic is used to refer to something that is extremely harsh, malicious, or harmful. Toxicity can be found almost everywhere in the world we live in be it a friendship, relationship, work, family, social media, or society in general. There’s no single source where it all comes from that we can simply get rid of and be “happy go lucky.” But what if there is a way to work with it; a way to feed off it.
Perhaps I’m talking crazy, but my challenge for everyone in 2019 is to take all the toxicity thrown at you and use it to push you further. Take the harm it may cause and use it as motivation to be better than its creator. If someone is talking down on you, prove them wrong. If social media is getting too much, put it down. Don’t feed the toxic fire, steal its fuel.
As cliché as it sounds, we never know when our times up so why do so many people let toxic behavior keep them down? Let’s make this new year a time to prosper and grow from the muck.