I have been watching from a far lately, and as always, this has led me to do a bit of thinking – this time it is not that type of over thinking that ends up making problems that are not there.
Of recent times, I have constantly been presented with people giving opinions on how others live, or choices they make in life.
And you know what?
I’m a bit over it.
I am not going to sit here and pretend I am all high and mighty and that I have never done the same, but I do realize that is is pretty dumb.
More often I am heard uttering the words “Different Strokes for Different Folks” and each time I say or think those words, I realize how true they really are.
It goes without saying that each and every one of us has a different path in life, with different goals, things we hold important and different ideals on how to live life the way we want to as individuals, or as a family group.
For the last few months I have been on the receiving end of these stupid questions and moments of people just not getting me, but deciding that they wont give up until I prove my views or decisions to them.
And you know what?
I don’t have to do that.
Yes we purchased a business, and yes we work many hours.
Yes it is hard, and right now life is a bit of an extreme juggling routine, that sometimes gets rather stressful.
Yes it means in school holidays they kids have frequented vacation care, and yes it would be awesome to take time off and just hang with friends over the holidays, but new businesses don’t work unless you do.
Yes money is tight when starting out, but our Profit and Loss margin is none of your bloody business.
Yes I am enjoying working for myself, and getting out in the sunshine daily, but no I am unable to guarantee you that this is what I will be doing for the rest of my life – right now that is of no importance to you or me.
Perhaps you think our families choice in life is not the right one, but we are not asking your opinion.
Yes I am a tad crazy to add a Business Course into an already tight mix, and perhaps doing my assignments at 11:30 pm, was not the wisest idea – I worked that one out when I proof read them in the light of day.
Yes I am tired and not quiet there when it comes to finally catching up with you and I am the first to admit I am a bit of a bore to be around at the moment, when the exhaustion kicks in, my usual chatty self shuts down.
No it does not mean that I do not value our friendship, or that I do not want to be around you.
It does mean that I am wanting to just chill with my little family and soak up some time with us all four together.
Yes, you probably are right that I should get a second job.
Paying the bills has been rather tight with a new business.
You know what though? If and when I do that, it is up to me.
No, we are not having any more kids, we love our two children and are happy with our family unit of 4. Even before becoming parents, we always pictured ourselves with two.
That does not mean if someone chooses to have 8 kids (or none) that their choice is wrong.
Wow, I really am blabbering here again, but my message is rather simple.
Let’s stop judging each other and our choices in life.
Just because someone else is doing something that you perhaps would not choose to do yourself.
IT DOES NOT MEAN IT IS WRONG!
Chances are that person is judging themselves way more harshly then you ever will, and regardless, life is one huge wonderful challenge as it is, we really should be here to help each other out, not bring each other down with petty comments or judgments.
So I have made a decision, it is a pretty simple one.
Let us each walk our own individual paths.
We all have different ideals and goals in life. We all make different choices, and while I may not understand some that others make, as long as their life choices and pathways do not harm others, as long as they are happy with their choices, then I need to be happy for them.
Stop the judgment people.
Imagine how boring life would be if we all lived it exactly the same?