Your power frightens even the smallest of the animal. The blood in your veins burns like a white-hot fire. You are rough from the edges but soft from the inside. You care for your own kind like mother care for her child. You are ferocious. You are majestic.
Two faces. Two perspectives.
Just like there are two sides of a coin, there are also two sides of every person.
In every angle, a demon hides.
In every demon, an angel hides.
You never know what a person might be.
Even the devil was once an angel.
When you hear the word ‘homosexuality’, what comes to your mind? Do you welcome the idea that ‘yes, some people are homosexual and they should be treated as equal’ or are you disgusted by the idea that ‘how two people of the same gender can have romantic feelings for one another?’
We all know what homosexuality means. It is the sexual interest in and attraction to the members of one’s own sex. The term ‘gay’ is frequently used as a synonym for homosexual. At different times and in different cultures, homosexual behaviour has been approved of, tolerated, punished and banned. One thing that many people seems to believe is that homosexuality is a mental illness. And it can be ‘cured’ by psychiatric help. Many people also believe that it is a disease. No, homosexuality is a not a mental illness and it is not a disease. If a person is gay, then it is normal. He should be treated normally like others are treated.
Does being “different” sound like a positive or a negative experience to you? For the LGBT community, daily living can be a frustrating and painful experience in our society. Because they are different in their sexual orientation, the LGBT community have been oppressed. They suffer social, religious, economic, political and legal discrimination. Society doesn’t accept them very easily. A person who is gay does not know when to come out to his family and friends. They are in a constant struggle because they don’t know what to do. They don’t want their family to hate them. They are scared of the reaction of people.
The traditional belief of male and female partners and subsequent marriage in society was incorporated in society and different religions, which was directly challenged by homosexual interactions. Sexual racism is the biggest challenge faced by the LGBT community. Some religious groups continue to emphasize reparative therapy in an attempt to cure homosexuality through prayer, counselling and behaviour modification.
Human sexuality is complex and diverse. It doesn’t matter if a person is gay or not, he should be treated as equal and should be given equal rights. We need to eradicate all the myths surrounding the LGBT community. What is needed most is the elimination of the irrational fear and hatred some people have for intimate, same-sex relationships.
You may disagree with their lifestyle choices, but you have no right to impose your view, be it religious or personal opinions on gay people’s everyday life. How they lead their life is none of our business. You are not a spoke person of God, neither you are the guardian or the moral police appointed by God. We need to focus on people’s humanity rather than on their sexual orientation.
Memories… they are strange, aren’t they? Sometimes they make us nostalgic, sometimes they make us laugh. Memories are like a window to our past. We click pictures, we record videos, why? So that we can relive those moments again.
We remember those moments, those little talks, those inside jokes that made us laugh. When you are doing your daily work and suddenly you saw something that seems familiar to you or you feel like you have done this before and then suddenly you remember that particular memory when it happened. We all have memories, some good, some bad.
I personally have any memories. Many of them are good and many of them are bad. Some of my bad memories, they teach me that not everything in your life is constant. Life is full of ups and downs. Falling out with a friend, fighting someone, all of this taught me something. My good memories, they make me laugh, they make me nostalgic but most importantly, they make me remember those moments.
We all have those embarrassing moments that happen to us. Like embarrassing yourself in front of your crush or saying something inappropriate/rude in front of your teacher. At that moment we feel shy or stupid. But after some years when we remember those moments, we laugh at ourselves. Our memories bring out the emotions that are so rare. Our memories mean something to us. They are a part of us and the part of learning experience that we carry with us. The best thing about memories is making them because, at every step of our life, we are making memories that we don’t even know about.
When was the last time you watched a sunset or watched rain pelting against your window? When was the last time you talked to your family or friends without feeling any burden or thinking that you have so much work to do?
Most probably the answer will be ‘you don’t know’ or ‘you don’t remember’. But you know, being always busy or being always knee-deep in work is not good. Not for your mental health and also not for your physical and emotional health. Doing too much work can keep you from enjoying the simple pleasures of life. When you work too much, your heart works too much too. Your health will suffer too. You will be working till the wee hours of the night and then getting up early to go to work.
Don’t do this. Keep your health in check. Spend time with your family and friends. Meditate. Do yoga. Go to the park and watch the sunset. Watch how the sky changes colours. Watch how the sky goes from blue to yellow to orange. Feel the wind blowing on your face. Take some time out of your busy schedule and just enjoy life. Enjoy simple pleasures which we usually overlook. Watch rain pelting against your window.
Dance in the rain. Take a stroll in the light rain. Share your thoughts, feelings, opinions with your family and friends. Go on a solo trip. Enjoy nature. Enjoy the calmness of nature.
Have a pet? Spend some time with your pet. Give them love and they will give you the love back. Have a good night’s sleep. Wake up fresh. Yes, work is also important, but don’t indulge yourself in work so much that you forget what is happening around you.
Be happy. Smile more. Care a little less. Live your life to the fullest and enjoy every moment.