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The Advance-Titan

Kind is the new cute

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Trends go in and out of style fairly quickly. One minute galaxy leggings were the biggest craze and now it seems like you cannot go down the street without seeing at least one girl wearing a choker around her neck. Having a toned body is the new skinny body. White Chuck Taylors and Adidas Superstars are making a comeback.

I could go on forever about trends that are always coming and going, but that gets repetitive. We talk about fashion trends and beauty trends but we often overlook trends that are really worth catching onto. You will always have those classic looks that will never go out of style, a lot like red lipstick, but the ultimate classic look is how you treat others. Kind is the new cute.

This commentary came to me when I was scrolling through Facebook and an old video showed up captioned “I wish more girls were like this.” The video wasn’t that extravagant. It was a girl going through the drive-thru at Taco Bell and she complimented the cashier and the cashier was flabbergasted that someone complimented her.

Most of us are taught from a young age that we have to treat others how we want to be treated. Being nice is not that hard. Telling a girl her shoes look cute is not the hardest thing to do. Saying “thank you” to the guy who makes you coffee in the morning is not hard, either. It is not hard to compliment someone. Being nice is almost rejected by some. Surprisingly, I see this way too often.

I see too many girls ridicule other girls just to make themselves feel superior or better about themselves. Recently, I’ve seen teenage girls on Twitter subtweet other girls and insult them in every way possible. It is truly disgusting. Calling a girl a derogatory term will not make you look cute, smart or better than anyone. It just shows how nasty of a personality you have.

Insulting people is a trend that isn’t appealing whatsoever, and yet, unfortunately it is a trend that has caught on. Especially with the spread of social media, this kind of nastiness is spread all over. It takes more effort to hate than it does to be kind.

I’ll tell you what will show that you are a great person: say thank you. Tell a girl who wears lipstick on a Monday morning it looks nice on her.

Enhance your life so other people can reflect your attitude. I cannot think of any examples of how insulting someone will make you look better.

Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

I try to live by that saying every day, from the moment I wake up and grab my morning coffee to going out of my way to make sure I do something to brighten someone else’s. It can be the littlest thing but it will make the biggest difference. That is a trend worth following.

Try to go that extra mile to change someone’s day. Put extra change in the parking meter so the next person won’t have to pay that much. Smile at passersby. Hold the door open for someone. Treat others how you want to be treated.

In a world that likes to show the bad more than the good, make an effort to be the change you want to see. It all is about perspective. Kindness will never go out of style.

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