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Keeping it unopinionated, mostly

October 9, 2013 - Pam Rodgers

Opinions are like ... trash cans. All right that’s not the saying but you get the idea.

I have opinions. There I admit it. However, I enjoy a more carefree, go-with-the-flow kind of attitude. Being contrary to someone else just to disagree with others is frustrating to me. I don’t begrudge those who do that. I just talk about them behind their back. No, no, no. I’m just kidding.

I share my opinions on a daily basis. Things like which route is better to take to the grocery store; what should we have for dinner; where should I take for my evening walk; what should we watch on television; the list could go on. These are everyday activities. Having opinions about these topics would never classify you as a “highly opinionated person.”

There are certain topics to which I harbor strong feelings. People who don’t use their turn signals, now that is a major issue for me. Come on, is it really hard to reach the two inches and flip the lever up or down? It’s not too difficult!

Fine, maybe that wasn’t most “controversial” example I could have chosen. Annoying as it may be, there are so many other things going on in the world that affect the masses and not just my pet peeves. With the government situation, I definitely have a plethora of high-profile options to choose from.

I could probably weigh-in the government shutdown, global warming, gay marriage, religious tolerance, health care, etc., but I don’t feel I need to share my opinion with everyone who breathes. I don’t need to push an agenda on anyone. I have my views on all of these topics, but I choose a more closed forum to discuss them.

I don’t need to start a debate in person or on Facebook or Twitter in order to validate my thoughts and beliefs. I don’t need to find a clever way to call someone a moron when they don’t believe the same things I do. I need to be able to function in my everyday life and not be shutdown because my opinions don’t line up with the people next to me. At a certain point, you need to be able to work with those who oppose you. It’s no reason to shutdown; the world certainly won’t.

We all want easier times when things can flow as a unit and not have curves, bumps or road blocks along the way. However, I find that no amount of bickering will solve anything. There is a certain point where you aren’t going change anyone’s opinion and you simply have to move on and get done what needs to be done. I guarantee there isn’t one topic that has a cut-and-dry answer.

But, I’m content to keep on sharing in the small choices in life and leave the strong opinions to the political-minded people of the world. Then again, I’m not sure their opinions have the best track record right now. It seems to me that they are incapable of doing anything that I just said and...

Wait, I am supposed to stay unopinionated here. I’d hate to be a hypocrite. We have enough of those in the world already.

 
 
 

 

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