BEWARE OF THE PEDESTAL!!! It is a deceptive position. When you place people high on a pedestal, or even yourself, there is a risk of plummeting into a pit of self-loathing and unhappiness.
Of course we all have people we admire! It could be a celebrity, a family member, or even a peer, and that's totally fine. However, we shouldn't place these people on a pedestal. Yes, they may be great, but they are not perfect.
I've been down the pedestal path. Although at first it was an innocent friendship. I was the new kid in town, and she kindly welcomed me. As we grew older, we took separate roads. She branched out with the popular crowd, and I stood behind with my mouth shut. As I saw her life grow and prosper, I assumed she was perfect. I compared myself to her and when things did not line up, I would get upset with myself. It was unnecessary jealousy and self-depreciation. I was so foolishly bothered by the situation that I attempted to avoid her. The farther I tried to run, the closer God brought her to me. After she followed me on Instagram, I apprehensively followed back not wanting to seem rude or as if I was distancing myself.
Through all of this, she had been nothing but nice to me. Eventually I told my older sister about my situation, and she gave me a stern, tear-provoking, and beyond honest talk. I walked out of her room with three questions on my mind. Who was I to place my friend on a pedestal? Who was I to think myself any less of what God created me to be? Why was I about to let jealousy ruin my friendship? I somehow managed to be oblivious to her imperfections and my own good qualities when in truth, we both have amazing talent, and we both make mistakes.
On the other hand, if you've been placed on a pedestal, step down. Understand that you had to go through some difficult things to reach your success. We are not perfect, but we can do great things.
So my fellow teens, please avoid the pedestal path. Do not place anyone on a pedestal! Do not allow yourself to be placed on a pedestal! They cause complications for people on both ends.
Sending out positive vibes, I hope that you have a wonderful and progressive week. You are more than capable of conquering your adversities and fulfilling your aspirations. Stay positive, you lovely humans!
By Kaci Hollingsworth