What do you mean Ang & Brad are getting divorced ? The whole online world was in a spin yesterday. Some thought that their personal lives were over , whilst others weren’t even surprised by the news, whilst some felt that because the iconic couple split – “true love is now dead.” Whilst others thought it was “funny” to spew out some Jennifer Anniston GIFS all over Twitter as a means of a giggle.
The world we live in is clearly in a mess. We laugh at people’s brokenness, we don’t feel surprised when relationships fail, we feel disappointed and let down by others choices, we feel crushed and confused because “if our idols can’t do it, how can we?”
I read a few online articles that were floating around yesterday on the inter webs on the sad news of the infamous Hollywood couple’s divorce. One thing that stood out to me was that both Angelina and Brad asked for privacy and respect during this time, because they want their children to feel respected. What amazed me (more like shocked me) was that the media took something that is so private, personal, delicate, and put it on display on the internet as a means of “entertainment.” Yes , they are celebrities and they will be in the media regardless of what they say or do, but they are still human beings with feelings and with a family that they are trying to protect at the end of the day.
This brings me to another thought:
We don’t protect or respect children.
Let me explain : Last week I was quite shocked when I read an article about how young girls were calling Beyonce’s daughter “ugly” all over Twitter. Calling a little innocent girl “ugly”, what kind of world do we live in where grown women speak so harshly about little people so blatantly and nonchalantly over the internet? I don’t know about you, but to me that is all kinds of messed up. We live in a world where people think it’s okay to be unfiltered on the internet at the cost of breaking others down.
I am a mother of a little three year old, and I teach drama to little people. I have worked with children for well over 10 years now and I know how delicate little people truly are. Every word spoken towards them shapes them, influences them, and it can either build or break their confidence and perception of themselves. We live in a world where it’s so easy to criticize and shame those that are broken. Instead we should be even more conscious of building what is broken, restoring what is lost, loving where there is no love, shining a light where it is dark.
I don’t know about you but when I see that people are broken, I feel for them. I would rather feel for them, and empathize with them rather than mock and ridicule them. I can’t even begin to imagine the heartbreak that comes with saying goodbye to your partner, and seeing a family being split. Just the very thought of not having Rash in my life brings me to tears. So, I can only imagine that making this decision was not easy for them, especially knowing that it would affect their six beautiful children. My heart truly goes out to their family, and I only wish that we would be open to showing some respect and kindness towards them and their family. It may sound like an impossible request I know, as many people just don’t care.
But if I could leave you with this thought :
“If you yourself, and your family were going through something that is heartbreakingly painful and unimaginable how would you like others to respond to your brokenness?”
Just a little thought that I wanted to share <3