Love all. Hate none. That’s it.
After telling the world of my biggest flaws (read all about it here), I think it’s about time to pat myself on my back for the good things I have done. As Kristin Chenoweth said, if you can learn to love yourself, you can love other people so much better. And that makes all of us happy. 🙂 Anyways, on to what I admire most about myself (and about a lot of other people).
I grew up in a small city in Texas. At my elementary school, my friends were mostly white, religious and rich. I’m not saying that that’s a bad combination, but it just so happened that another of my friends did not fit that mold. She was Buddhist. For a long time, I saw seven year olds trying to practice proselytism by claiming that she would go to a bad place, that Buddha was half frog and half woman, and that she could no longer be their friends anymore.
I didn’t tell them that I was atheist.
We grew older, and started middle school, which is already notorious for its extremely judgmental students. Whenever people found out a student was a homosexual, they would run away from them in the hallways, hide from them in the locker rooms and point and whisper about them in classrooms. And I jumped on that bandwagon, thinking that I’d be cool if I did.
Then I asked myself why I disliked homosexuals. Because my classmates did. Their reasons? Because their parents did.
It occurred to me that I was being an idiot. An idiot for disliking a group of people just because someone told me to. An idiot for not being able to make my own opinions. An idiot for having eyes, but not seeing.
Since then, I’ve tried to be more open-minded. I listen. To everyone’s story, to everyone’s experiences, and to everyone’s feelings. And found myself being around more openminded people.
Some of my closest friends now are the exact people who would not fit “the mold.” But then again, what mold is there? There is no single characteristic that can fit everyone.
Wait. There is. We’re all human.
I am openminded. I am just a normal human being.