On the other hand...

Wednesday afternoon. You know, sometimes an action that seems like a total mistake upon first review improves considerably upon reaching some distance and perspective. So it has been for me with my posting about wishing more of my readers would post comments. That message has opened up some great dialogues with readers (not to mention helping me through some of the nastier parts of my cold mistery) as well as shining a bright light for me on the intolerance, self-centeredness (yes, it's a word...I looked it up! LOL), and, frankly, vulgarity of others.

I have, in the past, censored myself from certain topics because I didn't want to offend. I've also refrained from commenting on others' sites for fear of putting myself "beyond the pale", which, I now see, is ludicrous. It's the same, stupid trap I fell into when I was a lonely, outcast little girl: don't say anything, don't think anything, just sit very still and perhaps they will like you. Well, I'm here to tell you that it's no more true today than it was in 1975 in Miss Lee's third grade class at Sakamoto Elementary School in San Jose, California. The popular kids will always be the popular kids, and the outcasts remain outcast. The greater truth, however, is one that I'm just beginning to see: there are a lot more of "us" than there are of "them", and it's about time that I stopped worrying about what a few narrow minded, smugly self satisfied people think and start living, and writing, as I please.

Which, I believe, I just did!


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