Are you weirder than me?
I recently moved because of my neighbors. I couldn’t live next to those weird people anymore.
We, the neighbors and I, judged one another harshly for being different.
We couldn’t accept each other.
It just seems so difficult to do with all these weird people around us! Don’t you think those thoughts? Don’t you believe that your lifestyle is really the best way and if everyone just understood that, the world would be a better place?
I sure did.
Staying in the same place all their lives is some people’s idea of a good life, while others love to travel and move around. Some wouldn’t do without a routine; others can’t stand the same thing every day. Some people stay married for life and judge others for getting divorced.
And what is it with gay people? Are they born that way or did they learn that? What about people that hoard, or women with muffin tops and super-tight shirts? What are they thinking? Why do some people, especially guys, talk sooo loud on their cell-phones in public?
We could go on all day like that. It’s really easy to get stuck on someone else’s odd behavior.
I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. Mostly because I want to be loving and accepting.
My parents were incredibly judgmental about others, about the smallest stuff even, like the way someone wore their hair or their make-up. One day I listened to my mom go on about the way my aunt was chopping onions. I mean really, what difference does it make?
It made me want to figure out how we could learn to accept each other more. Would it really be better if we were all similar?
I decided to look at Nature. It is incredibly diverse.
Just look at a rose, such beauty that comes with thorns. How about a dandelion, a flower that changes and then you can puff it into the wind? There are rare, exotic flowers and there are wildflowers, there are brightly colored flowers, intricate and simple flowers. Some are long blooming and some have a very brief lifespan.
What about the animals? Some mate for life, some never mate. Some live in groups, some are loners. Some prefer same sex, some are loud, some are quiet, some are big, some are little, some are lazy, some super-industrious………..
My point is, whatever you can dream up, exists in nature. Pretty awesome, wouldn’t you say?
So if it is present in nature, it can’t be absent in human nature.
Human nature mirrors nature!
We CAN accept, appreciate and love the presence of all human nature’s weirdness. We don’t have to hang out with it if it isn’t our thing. We have to take responsibility for surrounding ourselves with what feels right to us, what works for us…….sometimes that means moving.