My original post was going to be about respect and watching what you say to others. The past few weeks I have come into contact with people that need a lesson in respect. I’ll give you an example of the disrespect I’ve come across. I was food shopping with my two lovelies. My little one was sleeping and my oldest one and I were talking about the different shapes we saw in the store (once a teacher, always a teacher). An older woman passed by us and glanced our way. I didn’t think anything of it until she came back and said “Oh wow. You have two boys so close in age. God bless you”. The way she said God bless you was more of an insult than praise. Haven’t people heard that if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it at all. This is just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to the disrespect I’ve encountered.
Then I decided I needed to include the importance of tolerance into this as well. Where did this stem from? The Bruce Jenner interview with Diane Sawyer. I was so moved by his explanations. I think he is a very brave man. I also think he is going to give courage to many different groups in this world. I know, you’re probably saying “Mrs. Z. This guy is associated with that family”. Well, first of all he has been around a lot longer than those people. Second, he is teaching so many people a great lesson. People are going to ridicule. But for me, it was eye opening. I was never a popular kid in school. To be honest, I was tormented for a large part of my adolescence. Some of it was self induced. However, it had a lot to do with how I didn’t fit the “norm”. I wore black, a lot. I listened to Nine Inch Nails and Nirvana. I was the quiet kid who prayed everyday I wasn’t noticed. Looking back on it, I would have changed some parts. You know how teenage hormones can get the best of you. But I think Bruce Jenner letting everyone in on his life (which he did not have to do), will give a lot of people hope. Adults and kids alike.
As I’ve gotten older I have realized why people tend to be disrespectful or intolerant in a situation they don’t agree with. The situation must hit home. It must make them feel insecure or unsure about themselves and the only way to deal with it is to ridicule and put others down. I have a few choice words for those bullies that made my life miserable for so many years. However, I know I am better than them. So, I will keep those choice words to myself. To all of you who are amazing, keep at it. The world is better with you in it.
And to any person who is reading this that may feel down about themselves, you are amazing. And if anyone asks who told you that just tell them Mrs. Z said so. And then tell them that you know you are amazing because you are. Keep doing you!!
Love to all of you!