I grew up in a highly religious community but went into a slight shock when I moved to college and realized that where I grew up was nothing compared to where I had moved to.
They call it “Happy Valley” or is otherwise known as a “bubble.” And oh my goodness, is it. My husband was raised there and I was shocked to find out some of his ideas about life and people. He’s a really good guy but wasn’t open minded about people who didn’t believe what he believed.
Despite growing up in the same religion, we had completely different ideas about people and life. I don’t think my ideas were necessarily because of my parents but I am definitely more generally accepting.
The way I view people is that “you do you, I’ll do me.” I don’t really care where you came from, who you are, or what you are. You don’t believe what I believe? Great, let’s be friends. You don’t think the way I do? Great, let’s be friends. You don’t live like I live? Great, let’s be friends.
This way of thinking has actually gotten me pretty far in life and has made me a number of good friends. I remember a few years ago a friend mentioning that she didn’t mind being around me because I didn’t ever push my views on her. I think I just laughed because that’s just not me.
Becoming a parent was hard because there were so many opinions out there and I like being right and I wanted to be right. After years of fighting with myself, I finally came to the realization that every child is different and therefore, needs to be parented different. In fact, I don’t even parent all my kids the same way because they’re unique.
Anyway, I could go on and on about my real life examples of why it’s important to be you, I’ll just say this. Be you. Do you. It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing, just do what you want to do. Who cares about everyone else? Be yourself and be happy with who you are.
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