That being said, I got a message
I also think that it's a message that can be applied directly to all of our lives, something that makes us stop and think. Also, it has nothing to do with church, Jesus, or the Bible. So, if you're getting ready to click the 'X', I swear, you can keep reading!
Who Tells You Who You Are?
You know, like, who has the right to tell you who or what you are? At first when you hear this, you think oh, don't be silly, of course, it's I who says who or what I am.
But do you, really?
Why is it that we wear certain clothes and wonder if they look okay? Would we do this if we didn't allow public perception to bother us? Probably not. But we're humans, we do. We need affirmation sometimes.
Why is it that we are bothered when someone says something negative about us? Is it because we know it to be true? Or that we care what other people think? Probably because we care what other people think.
I know, I know, enough with the philosophical questions. But seriously stopping to think about these opened my eyes. In this society, such an emphasis is placed upon what other people may or may not think. From subtle things like "Oh, I'm not going to have XYZ food at my party, because so-and-so will think it's weird." to larger, more pronounced things like "I want to stay home and raise my kids instead of working a job even though I have a degree, because it's what's best for my family right now."
The bottom line is that people are judgmental by nature and pleasing every single person is never going to happen. Why should we follow constraints put on ourselves by someone other than us? It's not fair. We should all feel confident and comfortable enough in our own decisions to stand by them wholeheartedly and not cower in the face of society.
But what happens when the "face of society" is a friend? A relative? Someone close to you making you feel like your decisions are not worthy? You stand up to them. Explain your reasoning and let it go, because those people have no rhyme or reasoning behind their statements than their own insecurities and personal battles.
I know this is sometimes easier said than done, but I think a good reminder from time to time is all it takes.