I can be a very opinionated person. I have a very strong belief system and I defend my beliefs. An opinion is simply a belief or view or judgment formed about something. We all have them. Some have more than others.
Every person is entitled to their own opinion about anything. Here in the United States we have the freedom of speech, and we have the right to voice our opinions. However, its important to remember that not everyone has the same opinion, and even though you can voice your opinion, I don’t have to listen.
What makes some people feel the need to express their opinion to people they barely know, with no invitation? What makes these people think that their opinion means anything to people they don’t know?
This is one of the things I’ve been pondering over this Christmas holiday. It seems like I meet one of these people every year or two. But what makes a person act like this? I’m not talking about your outspoken friend talking to you, I’m talking about that person who has just met you, or is in your line at the store, or the person behind you in line at the buffet who makes unkind or rude comments about your choice of food.
The one theme I see in people like this is ignorance. People who don’t take the time to learn about a situation and just try to judge others are very ignorant. People who try to tell you what they think or believe without being invited into the conversation are rude, discourteous, and lacking manners.
I know I have acted this way as well, especially when I was younger. Its something I try very hard not to do. These rules are obviously not for close friends, they are my rules for meeting new people and talking to people you don’t know well:
NEVER insert your opinion where its not wanted. How do you know if it’s wanted? The person will ask you for it if they want it. If they don’t ask, keep your yap shut.
NEVER criticize other adults for their choices. Its not your life, you don’t get to choose for anyone except yourself. If you don’t like the way someone else did it, then don’t do it that way yourself, and keep your yap shut.
And lastly, you can judge people all you want in your head, but keep your yap shut. Karma is a bitch. You reap what you sow. Once you start judging others out loud, you will become the target of those who will judge you as harshly as you judge others.
I can tell you from experience that when you try to insert your opinion into someone else’s life, they generally aren’t going to like it, especially if it doesn’t agree with theirs. When people do any of these things to me, or breaks my rules, it creates an instant dislike of that person. Is this me judging? Yes, it is. As an adult, I get to decide who my friends are, and who I talk to. There are so many negative people in this world, I try my hardest to make sure I don’t add any of them into my circle of friends, or even my list of acquaintances.
Since I have started choosing the people I allow into my life more carefully, I have become a much happier person. I surround myself with people who are also tolerant, loving, and peaceful. I reject those who are abrasive, self-serving, or disrespectful of my life’s beliefs. Every one of us gets to choose who we let in; respect yourself and make purposeful choices.