One of the things that I have always been avoiding is, to become numb as time goes by. The numbness of my soul is to be avoided by any means necessary. Life has its own set of bad moments that could make you insensitive, numb or even desensitize your soul. I am not here to judge anyone, we all have our problems, and we don’t respond to stress the same way, nor have we encountered the same tough situations in our lives.

However, I have seen people who have lost everything, people whose humanity was tested because of the cruelty that was inflicted upon them, people who have suffered both physically and mentally, people who still suffer today, but who chose not to be numb. Those people, some of them, still believe in humanity, they still believe in people, they still believe in being decent and kind, they still believe in helping others, they still see the good in people even if they have seen the worst in others. If they haven’t become numb, who am I to be that way?

I know life comes at us fast, too fast at times. But we can choose to be numb, or not. We can choose to be insensitive or not. We can choose to be desensitized or not. We can choose light or darkness to be more poetic. I know if you watch the news everyday, that the end of the world is near. This rampant negativity that the news unleashes on us can be overwhelming and it can make you numb. It could turn your heart to stone, you could find yourself not caring about others, only yourself. Social media will reinforce your ego in a way that few understand, and you might find yourself a bit more narcissistic than usual. You become infatuated with yourself long enough, you will forget about others, and you will become numb.

The worst thing that could happen to a person, is to see them turn into numb individuals. It doesn’t happen in a blink of an eye, the way you turn on the light in your bedroom. It goes slowly, gradually and it eats your heart bit by bit. It is a long process, which means, that we all have time to fight it, but do we have the will to fight it? I believe all of us are at risk of becoming numb, at some point in our lives. It is human to see negativity all around us when things aren’t going well. Allowing yourself to see the negative part, and only that, will make you numb. Do not be that person. Fight with all your might in your heart, mind, body and soul. If you become numb, it will take a very long time to bring you back. Sensitivity can die just as easily but bringing it back to life will take a lot out of you.

Don’t be numb. If you were to look around, you would see the positive side of life. Do not be numb and allow the negativity to invade your heart. Do not be numb and allow for your world view to be taken over by insensitivity. You need to be sensitive because you need to relate to other people’s plight. We are all the same, whether you like it or not. Whatever has happened to you, can easily happen to others and vice versa. Do not be numb. Do whatever you can to keep your humanity alive.

Don’t be numb, don’t be insensitive. If you see an injustice, fight it. If a person is being mean, call them out. If a person comes at you, defend yourself, stand your ground. If you see racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, ageism, or any other kind of bad and demeaning behaviour towards others, say something about it. The best way to fight apathy and insensitivity is to be outraged at despicable behaviour. I, myself, should do it more often, I admit it.

I do happen to know a very effective way to fight off numbness: smiling. It might sound a bit unorthodox but smiling shows good energy, positive energy, it comes from the heart and it keeps the good mood alive.

Just one man’s opinion

Now, smile, avoid being numb and go on with your day.

Freeman. B

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