I have come to greatly enjoy what I do here at Bubblews. I’m sharing my life, my experiences, and my views with people. I’m touching lives and making people think. The money is good, but the rewards of knowing I’m making the world just a little bit better are far more gratifying.
One of the things I try to think about whenever I write is ensuring that I don’t sound like I’m trying to convert anyone to my particular brand of living. I do what I do, and that’s right for me. Would I like it if people lived more like me? Sure, from my perspective that sounds like a good thing. However, I don’t expect that, and I try never to sound like I’m forcing my will on others. More than anything, I want people to think for themselves and make their own choices.
I hope that when people read my work it makes them think and feel. I hope it makes them question or change or grow, or all of those. I don’t need or want for them to adopt my way of life. If they do, fine, if not, I’m happy to touch someone’s heart or mind and make their life better in some small way.
Some people lose sight of other people’s right to choose. No matter what you do or what you believe, you have neither the place nor the right to force it on anyone. It’s not right to belittle, abuse or attack those who aren’t like you. Express your thoughts and feelings and your vision for the world, but never demand or expect that others adopt them, and never treat them poorly, verbally or physically, for not adopting them.
A wonderful example is a Bubbler here who was what some would call a “militant” in her views. That is, until she realized that she was being disrespectful and hurtful to others by telling them they were horrible people for not living like she does. She stopped her aggressive, insulting ways. She’s showing respect to all people, even ones who differ in lifestyle. She’s also been changing in other ways, and I think it’s beautiful to see her becoming so much better of a person.
We should all do what we can to help people think, feel, connect, and change for the better. We should share ourselves and our stories to affect that end. But we should never try to force anyone to be like us. Part of the beauty of the world is that we’re so different. There’s no one right way that applies to all people. Believe what you do with vigor and conviction, but don’t expect everyone else to. We all have the right to choose.