In the world we live in today, everyone has an opinion and is expressing it. We have so many outlets to use so we can say what we think or feel, but if you do, you may not like the outcome. Sure you can have a positive opinion on a subject and relaying that is great, people love that. However, when your opinion doesn’t go along with the masses, you best keep that to yourself. For there is fear of being labelled opinionated, judgemental or critical. How are we supposed to teach our children to express themselves if they will be criticized for it?
I grew up in the 70’s. It was a time when it was okay to tell someone if you didn’t like this or that. Everyone was ‘allowed’ to have an opinion and you didn’t get your ass handed to you on a silver platter when it didn’t go along with the other persons. No pussy-footing around here. Now-a-days, people like to be fluffed up with nicety’s all the time and you had better not disagree or you will be in big trouble.
What would happen if you didn’t agree? The world would not end. Life would still go on. Your friends would still be your friends and they would still care about you. Not because you agreed with the group but because that’s how you really feel. There is nothing that says you are under any obligation to keep your opinion to yourself. Sharing your thoughts are great for starting conversations. Imagine what kind of world we would have if everyone agreed with each other all the time. Makes you wonder if change would exist. Maybe not.
Defending your thoughts shouldn’t put you at a disadvantage. Everyone gets to have a voice and shouldn’t be made to feel that their opinion is any less important than anyone else’s. Right? Even if their opinion is so far beyond what yours is, it doesn’t matter. Their truth is just as valid as yours. Try to be mindful of what they have said even if you completely disagree. That doesn’t mean you should change how you feel to fit in with the group. We are adaptable; we grow; we change. We are human and we are all flawed.
Moral of the story – You can have an opinion, just keep it to yourself.