I’ve realized recently how domineering our society really is. Even in the comfort of my own home, I have a debate with myself over what kind of comments, posts, or photos I should share with people I consider my “friends” and family on social media. I’ll tell you why.
I’ve always been a people pleaser; a peace keeper of sorts. I rarely enjoy fighting, arguing and save debating for very important subjects that I care deeply about. Arguments and debates exhaust me. It may be because I’m an introvert or because I have the overwhelming fear of disappointing others. Whatever it may be, it affects how I am able to comfortably express myself, which severely bums me out.
I know there are many people out there that thrive on a good debate and just wait for someone to post something on social media about politics, religion, gay rights etc so that they can pounce on it. More power to those of you that enjoy that and are able to fairly engage with each other in a reasonable, respectful manner. However, there are people who do so in less than respectful ways and are aggressive, unreasonable and downright rude. You people make me scared to post on even the slightest controversial topics.
I was having a talk with my boyfriend the other day about drag queens and how I love that they aren’t afraid to go out in public with one another in their most elaborate outfits. The beauty of their crazy, awesome, beautiful appearances is that they have been able to abandon their fear of being different or being looked down on to an extent that at least makes them comfortable enough to be themselves. That is something beautiful to me. I really respect that and hope to be that strong some day. I still struggle with wearing certain outfits of mine in public that are perfectly normal outfits just for the sake that maybe ONE person will look at me strange. One. Those drag queens have EVERY person looking at them strange and they just flaunt it. I am so moved by that. Thank you for inspiring me to be myself.
I believe in equality. I believe that every human being that has not harmed, attempted to harm, deceived, emotionally abused or psychologically abused another human being deserves anything and every opportunity they want to work for in life; no matter your size, color, orientation, religion etc. Love each other. Lift each other up. Debate if you must, but respect that another persons opinion is just as valuable as your own.