I like to think of myself as radical… I look deeper into things than the average jane (or joe) and although I strive to make people comfortable around me (call it the middle child syndrome or maybe it’s the many years in the human service field…but then we get into the whole what came first the chicken or the egg debate… I digress) I have from time to time felt the growing discomfort I can stir in people. Anyone that knows me, knows that I don’t mean to do it, but I have been known to ask some uncomfortable questions and I guess my hope in doing so is that I at least make you look at the world from a different perspective, considering even for a moment that we may not have it all figured out just yet.
I guess I feel that if we are too comfortable in our daily lives then most likely we are falling into some sort of complacency and nothing scares me more than complacency. If I can challenge even a little of that and get you thinking about something, someone, some circumstance that you never thought of before, at least for a few minutes, then I have done good work. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a judger (well, at least I strive not to be), I like to look at all sides of the subject, even the ones I don’t agree with, but I will say that I have put a lot of thought into most of my opinions/stances (some are just gut reactions) and believe pretty strongly in what I say. With that said I don’t subscribe to the red-faced, spitting rantings of maniacs without a clear thought in their head; I prefer to have thoughtful conversations with intelligent people who realize the importance of an open dialogue.
If I provide entertainment, so be it. If I provide useful insights or resources, great. If I make you angry, I truly am sorry, I mean no harm, I am in fact a pacifist. If by chance I have caused you to think differently or at least accept that there are people that do things/believe things differently than you or your family and you can be okay with that, realizing that neither is right nor wrong, just different, I am getting closer to one of my many goals in life, love and parenthood.