The Easy Ways You Can Support People

I love to support people, especially people I’ve known in the past and people who have supported me. I have a lot of sorority sisters and even people from high school who I haven’t kept in touch with, but if I see they’re on a creative endeavor I’m so happy to help.

Because supporting people can be just as easy as liking their Facebook page, following them on Instagram, retweeting a tweet. It can be as easy as sharing their work with your audience, your friends, your family. And just those small things mean so much to people who are just trying to do what they love.

That’s why it surprises me when people choose not to do the easy things. I don’t get angry when I see people I know personally unfollow me, I’m just disappointed. Because even if my content isn’t exactly your thing, why not just stick around for support? Is it that hard to throw my photos a like or skip over my stories?

I don’t like to talk about these things much because it’s such a trivial thing to complain about. I just believe what you put in comes back to you and down the line if you need something from me I’ll have this bad taste in my mouth from when you couldn’t do something as simple as following me on Instagram.

Comment on your friends photos and tell them they look hot, congratulate people you know when they start hitting their career goals, like a band’s facebook page, retweet a podcast’s tweet, talk about that blog you love. These are all easy and free ways to support people. I’m going to end this with a challenge for everyone to do one of these simple things this week. A little goes a long way.

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No One Owes You Anything

Some people deserve the world and some people just don’t. Some people get what they want easily, some work hard for it, and some don’t get anything at all.

We all know that life isn’t fair. We live it, breathe it, see it, and participate in it. So why do we constantly think we are owed something?

You are an individual person that has the ability to make choices, do your own thing, create your own world. Yet you think you deserve something “just because.” Just because we’re living, we think we are deserving.

Sure, do something good and good karma might come your way. But it’s not really a guarantee. Just because you help someone does not mean they owe you something in return. You should help someone to help them, not because one day they can pay you back for it.

I see a lot of people commenting about how they think they deserve an amazing relationship, the perfect job, a fabulous life. But do you? And why do you? Who is giving you those things and why are they doing it? You get out what you put in.

Or we demand respect. From the moment you meet someone you think they should be putting you on a pedestal and bowing down to you. Respect is earned, just as everything else is.

You don’t deserve a job just because you went to college. I know, I’m sorry, the job market sucks despite what everyone says and we’re all suffering. But you really don’t deserve anything. Nothing is rightfully yours and should just be handed to you.

We feel entitled and that’s just not what life is. You’re given this life and you need to live it without such high expectations. It’s great to help people, it’s great to work hard and fight for something – but that doesn’t mean you’re going to get what you want.

I’m not saying I’m not guilty of it, many times I question why my life isn’t going the way I want. I think I deserve a lot – but really, I don’t. Because the things I think I deserve and don’t have are the things that I’ve been putting half-ass effort into.

Stop doing things and expecting something in return. No one owes you anything.

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