I’m sure some of you, or at least a lot of you, have heard the “Hate is such a strong word” or at least some sort of variation of this phrase. My mother always taught me to be careful when saying this word. Her advice in regards to it was, “Hate is a strong sentiment and should be treated with respect. You should avoid using it. It’s powerful and can do more harm than good.” At first, I didn’t understand what she meant. To a young girl, a word is a word. It isn’t a big deal. I didn’t fully understand the strength behind this word or my mother’s sentiments towards it until I grew older. Experience taught me that hate was a word that was either misused and/or used to cause harm.
During my teens, hate was thrown about at any given chance. My friends hated that girl, she hated herself, she hated her brother, she hated that music, she hated her sister, mother, dog, and she hated the weather. Everything was hated. It was sprinkled into every single conversation. Some people would even yell “I hate you!” to their mother or siblings as if it weren’t a big deal therein lies the problem.
Did you know?
Words have enormous strength. Once something is said, you can never ever take it back. You as a person are accountable for what you say. Words can be used to enlighten, straighten, love, show compassion, and hate. All of these emotions can be expressed through language. It is up to you how you choose to carry yourself. You can choose to hate or love. There’s another lovely saying that goes “Actions speak louder than words” and although I can somewhat agree, I don’t entirely feel that one thing is stronger than another or makes more of an impact but have their strengths. Words, like actions, have their own strength and their value should never be underestimated.
In the end, what I would like to say is that the older I become the more powerful words seem. I want to use the word hate less and the word love a lot more. I won’t pretend that I’ve never used the word hate before because that would be silly. However, I am aware that I am accountable for what I say. My words are my own and I will be more cautious as to what I say or how I express myself.