I have people that I am close to who feel that I don't have a right to an opinion, when I don't conform they cut me off. Point in case, I had updated my Facebook status to state that I was grateful that the US election was over and I was thankful with how it turned out, I also wished we could all move on.
Someone close to me told me I had no right to say that if I didn't live in the US. I told them that I would defend their right to have their opinion even if it's different than mine. I do have a right to have an opinion due to the fact that what happens in the US affects Canadians.
I was then told if I would stop sharing my opinions where they could read it, then everything would be fine with us. REALLY, that is blackmail... I have the right to my thoughts and opinions; I respect their right to have their opinions. Why can people not just agree to disagree??? I don't understand!!! I have NO animosity towards people who don't believe what I believe.
That is what is wrong in this world, people need to understand that everyone has a right to believe what they want as long as they respect that others have that same right. Democracy was fought for that exact reason!! When we don't want to let others have their own opinion that is a dictatorship.
I have lost a great deal by not conforming to what this person wants. I am saddened by this but I have been held down far too long from people like my ex step mother Ruth and my ex husband Andrey who made it difficult for me to express my feelings. I can no longer stand by and say that it is okay.
I have the right to think and feel the way I do, just as they have their right. I don't argue about politics or religion since I truly believe we all have the right to choose. I would just hope that people would afford me the same right!!!
"Everything you want, also wants you" ~ Jack Canfield