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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Take your medicine

  • The definition of the saying, “take your medicine,” is accepting the consequences of something that you have done wrong. What an idiotic concept! “Take your medicine.”
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  • The definition of the saying, “take your medicine,” is accepting the consequences of something that you have done wrong. What an idiotic concept! “Take your medicine.”
    So, if I take my blood pressure medication it’s because I have done something wrong? How about the heartburn medication I take daily? Is that because I did something wrong?
    The social norm is looking down at others that need medicine. That is putting yourself on a high horse. I would name that horse “Shame.”
    We can’t be “right” all of the time. I’m sure we have all asked ourselves the question, “What is right?” It’s the easy and most common route to accept what someone else says to be right, yet I can guarantee you it’s not ever always the case. I would actually consider the opposite, but of course if you listened to me you would be proving my point…
    What we have to do is accept ourselves as who we are. Yes, there are those moments that we must check ourselves for over indulgence and/or irresponsibility, but for the most part we are okay.
    Acceptance of being human is hard. The simple fact is that we are human and, with that, comes mistakes, failures, mishaps, challenges and, yes, medicine.
    To accept consequences for being human is a way to look at life as a negative. I’m not willing to do that. I am willing to accept and condone that all of us be human and experience life.
    It would be nice if the media and popular social statuses would stop pretending and get on board with the fact that some people do need their medicine. But it’s not consequences. It’s not because you have done something wrong. It’s because you are human, and it’s okay to be human.
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    James Bridges is the advertising director for The Shawnee News-Star.

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