It was in reaction to reading a few comments on YouTube. I've always found it strange how certain people are so quick to criticise and nitpick at minor things, rather than admire the hard work people put into their craft. But after being on the internet for so long, I realise that these people who criticise unjustly are usually the ones who cannot relate to the person, as they've never worked hard at a craft and wouldn't know what it's like. If they did, they wouldn't be so quick to judge insensitively.
I for one, always try to appreciate and encourage whenever I can, because I know just how hard musicians work. Of course this doesn't mean that I don't appreciate constructive feedback, and criticism which is kind, well communicated and helpful. This is something I always accept. Otherwise, I will most definitely ignore.
I feel that when you're positive towards others, you're also being positive towards yourself. When you fight with someone and criticise them, think about how you feel. It's not good, right? ..So before criticising and not taking other people's feelings into consideration, think about whether you'd like for it to be said to you. Think about how you say things, and whether you're being fair.
A friend shared this quote, and I think it's perfect:
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
- Theodore Roosevelt.
This is why I always respect those who work hard for the things they love. It's not the critic who counts, for they are not the one striving towards the dream. Passion and determination is what is most admirable, and I urge those of you who believe in something to continue on. No matter what others may say, if you truly want it and it's truly important to you, never stop. You can achieve whatever you put your mind to, as long as you work hard, and don't allow the words of the cowardly to discourage you.