Over the past three years, I would say that 99% of my videos, I have left emotion out of it. As of lately, my videos have just been myself describing pregnancy symptoms I've been having. However, my most recent video I decided to upload showed raw, in-the-moment, emotion. It showed my hormonal side of pregnancy. It showed my vulnerability. And it showed that I am human. And I have never, on any other video, received such rude and negative comments. I've also never been bullied via YouTube, until now. I was told I would be a "shitty mom because I sweat the small stuff", I was told that I am "immature", and that I am a "drama queen". I'm sure there will be more comments like this, but the video has only been up for two days.
I thought about disabling the comments to this video so that people couldn't get the satisfaction of trying to hurt me with words. But when I took a step back, and looked at the big picture and took the personalization out of the equation, I realized what an opportunity this is for me to address this type of behavior from people. I'm blessed to have reached a platform of people through YouTube and I'd like to take advantage of that my making a video that addresses such a commonality among social networking sites.
To begin this blog addressing those who went out of their way to say hurtful things, I'd like to first say that hurt people, hurt people. And in all honesty, that makes me sad. That means that person comes from a line of hurt and it just is going to continue to cycle until one day someone decides to stop that cycle and better themselves. Unfortunately, I can't change the way people treat others. I can only pray for them, and so that's what I do. I'd also like to point out that the people who chose to say hurtful things to me, are in my opinions, behaving cowardly. I'm not trying to use that word derogatively, but I can't think of another word that describes a behavior such as this. The comments were left by people who don't have a channel of their own, who would never have the courage to put their personal life out there in the public eye to face judgment and to be scrutinized. When I put videos out there for anyone to view, I knew that there would be people that didn't like me, disagreed with me, or oppose my view. That is fine, in fact, that's wonderful. It means that we all are made up differently, we aren't robots, we can think for ourselves. The problem for me is that when people choose to disagree with me, oppose my view, or simply just do not like me, they usually leave comments to disrespect me.
I welcome constructive criticism and helpful advice. I have no problem with that at all. However, when someone goes out of their way to disrespect myself or any of my subscribers I will not tolerate it on my channel or in my life in general. Those people might get away with that type of behavior in their personal lives, or on other social networking sites, but it will not be tolerated on my channel. And thankfully, with the grace of God, these people are not affecting my life in a negative way. It inspired me to write this blog instead. I know there are children, teenagers, and even adults that this type of behavior would affect them, and that is why I'm using this platform in hopes to reach them.
The only other thing that I would like to say to those of you reading this, is that if there has ever been a time in your life where you have been disrespected or bullied, I want you to know, that it wasn't personal to you. The people that try to hurt you are struggling with something in their own life, whether they are being bullied themselves, or maybe they are insecure about something, or maybe their home life and relationships are toxic. Whatever the case may be, that person has some type of issue or issues that they are struggling with. When they see an emotional, or kind side of you, they tend to use that as their advantage point and "attack" when you are most vulnerable. Do not let this type of behavior from people harden you into a cold emotionless person. I've realized that the more I have put myself out there and the more I share, the more people I relate with, or can relate with me. This has encouraged me to be compassionate with others, to encourage others, and support others.
I am not perfect, I don't pretend to be. I have faults and weaknesses, just like you do. But from my side of the computer screen, I don't bash other women/people for choices they have made or opinions they may have. If anything, that helps me to learn more about the person and broaden my mindset to other views. I'm excited to make a video, addressing this topic and this blog. And though I will never change the behavior of those who will continue to hurt others, I hope to provide comfort to those who also have been hurt by disrespectful individuals.