Our society, as a whole to this day, is full of a plethora of judgment when it should be full of more love and less hate. However, I think I can speak for everyone relating to the idea of judging others because more likely than not, we all have been in that position. We are guilty of looking at someone we may not know very well, or who is a complete stranger and create all these judgments based on looks, actions, and even clothing. But why are we so quick to make assumptions about people when we don't even know their full story?

I began to recognize how often I was judging other people and how ignorant I was being, which is why now I am more aware of it than ever and I am thankful for that. The thing is when you go out of your way to stereotype or create this vision of people without even getting to know them, that defines who you are as a person more than anything else. It has nothing to do with those people, and if they are happy and comfortable with who they are, then why should you care?

A common judgment amongst people is that those who have tattoos are automatically assumed to be "bad people" just for the simple fact they have tattoos, crazy right? I believe it's more looked down upon if women have tattoos as well, which is even more appalling coming from someone who is a female and has several tattoos on her body as well. Just because someone has chosen to express themselves by getting tattoos does not make them less of a person than those who have no ink on their bodies. Sure, you may not approve of them or like them, but you are not those people who have permanently tattooed themselves, so does it really affect you? Absolutely not.

There is more to a person than just what appears on the outside, but most people simply don't take the time of day to reach out and get to know people for who they truly are because they have a preconceived idea already made up in their mind, which is upsetting, to say the least.

I know I used to be extremely judgmental of people, for absolutely no reason whatsoever, but it happened. However, as I grew older and still to this day, I try to become more conscientious of my thoughts and how I form my first impressions of other people. I have learned to be more aware of myself when I feel myself begin to judge someone based on their looks, or the way they are treating me because I honestly have no idea what they are going through, so who am I to judge really?

We all go through shit from time to time, so try to put yourself in other people's positions instead of criticizing them right off the bat. Sure, is it easier to judge someone just by taking a quick look at them, absolutely. But you know how the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover, and that can be applied directly to this kind of situation.

Human beings are more than how they present themselves on the outside, and what is on the inside is what truly matters. And it may help to think of it this way, would you enjoy people just taking one glance at you and then create judgments and stereotypes? I don't think so, and that is how you should evaluate everyone else. So try to make this change in your life and see how much of a difference it really makes.

"Stop labeling people just because they're not like you." - Joyce Meyer