Monday, 29 October 2012

'What' you are doesn't matter

I'm not crazy about labels especially where lifestyle choices are involved. My mom follows this one blog, "Happiness in this World" and she passed on this post titled, "Why I don't drink?" (I don't drink either). It ties in really well with a post I've been thinking about for some weeks on food preferences, especially as I have a couple of vegan friends and another who is seriously gluten intolerant.

The moment your lifestyle choices differ from that of others - could be 'the majority' - there will be issues. And when you give these choices a label like 'vegan' or 'vegetarian' or 'teetotaler' assumptions are automatically made like 'bunny hugger' or 'control freak'.

Maybe you just like veggies. Maybe you don't like the taste of alcohol. Maybe your decision not to eat pumpkin is based on how pumpkin makes you feel.

Maybe you like women; maybe you like guys and maybe you like your wife to tie you down and spank you.

Maybe you're fat and maybe you're thin.

Maybe you separate your trash for recycling and maybe you don't.

Maybe you exercise - a lot - and maybe you don't.

Does it really matter? Nope, it doesn't. Your lifestyle preferences do not change the fact that you're intelligent, kind, friendly and good company.

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