Today I had a conversation with a friend and she told me of her family and the arguments that politics have caused. I sat and listened intently and then asked “why can’t people just express themselves and have a voice without criticism”. She replied “well that’s not the way the world works”.
As I sit here and write this I am still shaking my head. Why isn’t it? I don’t agree with my family but I am aware that I don’t have too and I won’t love them any less because we differ. I am also all to familiar with family disagreements over this subject.
My family has also been split by the political arena. I have a few cousins that are firm Trump supports and I have a few family members that were Hillary supporters. On various topics they would discuss but it would always end in an argument and pretty hateful words. All because of what? A difference of opinion. I can sit and listen as long as it’s respectful and hear everyone out because maybe I am missing something or not thinking of all aspects. I try very hard to allow people their opinion without “jumping”. I might be upset at their thought process but I look and say “we disagree and we have to agree to disagree but I love you”. Sometimes depending on the subject, it is very hard because I am a passionate person and believe strongly in certain things. The belief for a better future is one. The belief that all women should be allowed to make decisions for themselves. The belief that all children are precious. The belief that everyone deserves a chance.
Maybe I am a dreamer, maybe just maybe, that dream might come true.