I’ve been pretty happy in my blissful bubble as of late. Surrounding myself with people whose diverse interests mirror my own to some degree, and who I think are basically “good people.” Unfortunately, the bubble is starting to deflate.
Problem is, for everyone who thinks that someone or something is great – there’s always someone else who is vehemently opposed to it. And apparently some people are just too damn ignorant, closed minded, and self-absorbed to be ok with the parts of me that they disagree with – so they discard the acquaintance/friendship/relationship as a whole.
NEWSFLASH PEOPLE – WE’RE NOT ALL THE SAME, AND THAT’S WHAT MAKES US INTERESTING AND UNIQUE.
Apparently the things I eat, places I go, people I see, and leisure activities I choose to pursue are all unacceptable in the eyes of those I know, in some way or another.
And I love how this manifests itself into many my “friends” and acquaintances always assuming the worst about me – despite the fact that they’ve only ever bothered to see the tip of the iceburg that is the “real me.”
When I ask someone if they’re going to the same party that someone they dislike might be attending, I’m two-faced – regardless of whether or not I was just curious, and the other person simply asked me if I knew, and I responded.
And when it comes to the places I choose to purchase my food and what I choose to feed my body – I’m an elitist snob.
Oh, and when I go out to celebrate a part of my personality that some may call deviant, I’m just a freak, and will certainly turn into a monster that’s no good and whom nobody can respect.
And because I don’t spill my guts about all of my personal problems – but try to extend a sympatetic remark and some encouragement to someone who doesn’t know the extent of what I’ve been through in the past (because really, it’s none of their damn business) I’m nothing but an ignorant, arrogant meddler.
Bottom line is, I’m me. You don’t have to agree with everything I do, but at least respect that I have my views, and you have yours, and it’s actually pretty easy to get off your high horse and agree to disagree with friends.
And if you’re offended by that – think about the fact that it’s the same intolerant attitudes, and a blatent opposition to living with and embracing diversity that resulted in the beating death of an innocent boy this weekend. You don’t have to beat me with your sticks. Your words and attitudes hurt enough.
And if you think I’m talking about you, I am. So there.