Have you ever judged a book by its cover?
No, I’m not literally talking about a book. I’m actually talking about a person. Judging others is a popular tendency for high school aged students. We all have our own group of friends and if we think someone doesn’t fit into our group or “image” we automatically assume they aren’t good enough or don’t fit in with us. And a lot of times we judge people based on how they look, how they talk, or maybe the people they hang out with…but why?
I think a lot of times we don’t accept things that are different. We assume different is bad, but what if different is a lot better than what we’re already used to?
I was recently talking to one of my friends and noticed she was holding what seemed to be a boring book. I snatched it out of her hands and for the heck of it, began to read the first paragraph. Immediately, I was hooked. My friend laughed and said, “See Hannah, you can’t always judge a book by its cover.” That’s when it kind of dawned on me about how often teens judge people by what they see on the outside.
For those of you who aren’t bookworms, look at it this way. Sometimes when browsing around in your favorite store, you skip the clearance rack completely. Your mindset might be that if they are on sale, no one wants them so they must be pretty ugly… SO WRONG!!! Chances are there’s something hiding on that rack that will fit you perfectly AND have a low price. You see, if you let outward appearance control your decisions, you’ll miss out on a lot of good finds and that doesn’t just include clothes, it also applies to potential friendships with the people around you!
Whether it’s a job, clothing item, or even a person in your algebra class, take the time to look inside. There is so much more than what is on the cover!