This is what was said to me on Wednesday and I am still trying to get over it. Let me back up.
A colleague asked me what I thought when I watched the election returns on Tuesday night.
"I didn't," I replied. "We have disconnected our TV."
If I had said that shooting annoying students were socially acceptable, I wouldn't have met with the rant that followed.
"You WHAT?? Now, listen, Matty, you have to get your head out of the sand! You can't live your life ignoring the world! You have to pay attention to what is going on in the world! I can't believe this! You turned off your TV?? You didn't watch the returns? You are just like the girl I talked to at Sheetz this morning. She said she didn't vote because it was all in God's hand anyhow! How can anyone be so stupid??"
I leave you to fill in what she had to say about this. Frankly, I get angry thinking about it.
"We don't have our head in the sand. We are very aware of what is going on in our world. We just have alternative means of learning about it...." However, my attempted response was interrupted by more rant.
I gave up and just let her rave until she left my office door and began another rant with another colleague about my choices and then about Bristol Palin's dancing. Are the two ideas related??? I was and am confused.
So, dear ones, I ask you: Who died and left her in charge? Or, for that matter, anyone in charge of my life and my choices?
Please understand. I am not self-righteous. Frankly, I am far from it. I am puzzled. I know we live a different kind of life. I know that we are moving more and more to removing ourselves from the silliness that often surrounds us. And, I know that we are considered "odd" by our colleagues at work. But, it is our life. And, it is our choices. What is right for us isn't right for others. We are unique snowflakes and should be respected as such. To be completely honest, I am finally living the life I wanted when I was 20; it is my greatest sadness that I have more life behind me than in front of me in which to do it.
We pack our lunches, often vegetarian; we wear older clothes (they are clean, neat, and in good repair); we drive ten year old, paid for, cars; we read good fiction and our Bibles; we like to work with our hands; we live in a century old house that has very little updates; and we love our farm. Our evening entertainment includes stars, watching the fire, and conversation. And, we have a few friends who share our loves. It is a good life.
I guess the whole point of my ramblings today is the lack of acceptance or understanding of others' lifestyles and choices. What one chooses should be of no consequence to others if it doesn't impact them. Please don't judge me on what I do or don't have. We are blessed fully and richly with what we want and need. I don't care if there are people who want a McMansion or drive a new car every year. That is their path. Just please don't tell me who I am based on what you think I am.
My favorite Emerson quote is this:
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."