My Beach Protest Was A Rude Awakening
Definition of rude awakening
: surprising and unpleasant discovery that one is mistaken <He thinks he can get by without doing any work, but he is in for a rude awakening.> (According to Merriam-Webber.)
With the way I protested throughout this island with my signs, I am very aggressive with the things I say. I put all my thoughts out there, however “radical and extreme” people may find them. I hold nothing back. People may find it harsh, or find the things I say to be very abrasive. But that is what I call a rude awakening.
Now people might also misconstrue the words I say. They might find it offensive in some ways. But I am one who likes to push the envelope, to be controversial.
I don’t say the things i say to be hateful or offensive, although I try to push the envelope of what is offensive.
I say things with passion. I say things that as I always say will light a fire under peoples ass to spark change. To spark thoughts.
Sure, it might alienate people from me, but I could care less as long as they start to think. I plant the seeds and hope that it will grow. Now I believe in positive energy and I do this with positiveness behind the message.
I protest in various beaches here in Puerto Rico with signs about taking care of the environment, since every week they convert the beach into a landfill. I have messages that are direct and in your face.
No matter how many people might feel about those messages, many people respond and start to clean up after themselves when they realize what i say holds weight.
That is the rude awakening. It is kind of sad that I need to hold a sign for people to realize their own destruction. But it is the world we live in and I won’t be silent about any injustices I find in this world.
I even protest for cannabis at the beach. No one has to like what I have to say and I don’t have to make the biggest impact. Just had to make small dents here and there. Because I know that those seeds will bloom eventually. Some might be dormant but that is why they need a rude awakening.
I find that nice messages just don’t suffice. People need to be shocked and awe. Please don’t dirty the beach, just does not cut it anymore. Well it might, if you are a crooked politician where everyone eats your word.
But for me, the easiest way to convey my message is to be as blunt as possible. No sugar coating anything. We need more rude awakenings because if we don’t have more of these, the sad fact is that people would continue to remain asleep.
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