Friday, August 02, 2013

Never a Popular Decision

Decide what you want, and then own it without shame. Knowing what you want, even if you might never get it, doesn’t make you a loser. Owning what you want, and sticking your neck out for it: That’s what separates happy people from unhappy people. Standing up for your dreams and politely declining to “be cool" and “hang" and play along with the status quo? These actions are crucial. They shape your whole life. Without them, you are merely a spectator. As a woman, you will be denigrated for saying what you want. Because you have made your desires known, and because those desires might be inconvenient to others, you are a problem. People are very good at shaming desire out of women. This is not a conspiracy. This is social reproduction. These are the natural forces that uphold the status quo..."
Polly from The Awl..

Well said! I know my personal decisions have always caused people to gossip and judge. I've lived my life the way I've wanted and I haven't made decisions based on haste, or another person's opinion.... ever.
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