A few weeks ago, based on some writing I and another Instagram user had created, someone messaged me asking about toxic people: in particular, covert narcissists.
We were complete strangers to one another (the internet is weird lol), but we ended up messaging back and forth for the whole afternoon, spilling our personal experiences, our past hurt, sharing links/other resources about overcoming toxic people, and ultimately saying to each other, "Hey girl, I get you, let's be friends, we are not alone!"
I think that when bad people happen to us (and they happen to ALL of us at some point), our initial reaction is to hate people. We don't trust them anymore. We learn a sad reality of life, being that most people we meet ultimately want something from us. This is a true, however an incredibly isolating lesson.
My personality, like many others, wants there to be a reason as to "why bad things happen." Unfortunately, these reasons don't always present themselves right away.
My takeaway from talking with a complete stranger is to pay your pain forward.
Your hurt can be someone else's healing.
The wisdom you gain from bad experiences can be the bridge of connection between you and another human being.
This is how we stop the cycle of hurt people, hurting other people.
The reason for toxic experiences is to not only be stronger for ourselves, but to be stronger for others; and if we let ourselves, still be soft enough to share, relate, and heal with one another, so we can say, "Hey you, you're not alone"...such a simple, powerful, and soul-hugging revolution.
Happy Friday, go heal together today, friends.💛
Alex from United States peacefully exploring Kandol Lake in the valleys of Swat 🏞 (@lostwithpurpose)
But she noticed something very wrong "There's no doubt that the nature in Pakistan is stunning. Unfortunately, it faces a big problem: trash.
No matter where we go, we're eventually greeted by empty Coke bottles, family packs of chips, and cigarette butts. It's disgusting.
When we point this out to people, many get defensive. It's the poor and uneducated that litter, they say, not the educated.
People also say it's also the government's fault, as they don't provide enough bins or clean up the area themselves.
This is obviously nonsense. It's not the poor and uneducated who can afford to go on holidays, or buy family packs of biscuits and soft drinks.
It's certainly not the poor people who rent jeeps to be brought up these mountains for picnics and camping.
Yes, the government can, and should, do more. But that doesn't mean you are free of responsibility.
It's not difficult to bring a plastic bag for your trash and dispose of it properly when you return to a village. Are you really too lazy to carry an empty bottle down a hill?
Even when there are bins, people still throw their trash everywhere. We've seen bag full of trash right next to a trash can.
Pakistan has enormous potential for tourism, as many Pakistanis like to point out. But if people keep using Pakistan's nature as a rubbish bin, when foreign visitors finally start showing up, all they'll see is Mountain Dew, not mountains.
So please, next time you go out into nature, bring a bag and spend a few minutes picking up any trash you see. It's not difficult, and it will make a world of difference.
Hang in for weekend! 💪😉 Hanging five 🖐 on the Uber Roof. Table Mountain. RSA. 📸@jacquesvanzylphotography
It's Friday and we're almost there. So hang in for the weekend. Sometimes it's just one move that's the hardest part but a move ahead it's plain sailing ⛵ again, just like the hang five 🖐 Many people ask me if my images are photoshopped? No. They are 100% genuine. That's me hanging by one hand on the edge of a big overhang with no ropes and safety gear. So if you're wondering how you are going to make it to the weekend...? 🤔 Just think of me hanging in there and hang in it's nearly weekend! 💪😉
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