People look beyond labels, words, classifications when it benefits or supports their belief system. When their beliefs are challenged, when certain words are spoken—even in jest—the true character of a person emerges. More often than not, that character is ugly.
Being a good person takes mistakes, patience, and time.
Sometimes, it takes a lifetime. And sometimes it takes another lifetime or a trip to the otherside. At least, that’s my best guess. My belief. I may be full of shit. I do not yet know. And maybe I won’t find out until I’m on my deathbed, waiting for the light to come again, only to discover it does not. Or maybe I’ll slip over to the otherside to be part of another dimension. Maybe I’ll go to hell. Maybe I’ll go to heaven. I don’t know. But I do know that if you called me a name or gave me a detailed account of how I am indeed full of shit, I would listen and probably smile and try very hard to understand where it is you’re coming from because once I was just like you.
I thought I had it all figured out. But I realized one day that life is not about being right or left or middle of the road. I recognized that some people are more than the labels that are placed on them and that they place on themselves, but I also realized some people are not.
It is a great waste to stop learning and growing and that’s exactly what happens when you choose a path and start walking it without looking back or side-to-side. The answers are not in a political party, formalized education, or religion. They are not in fraternities, support groups, protests, or government assistance. The answers, whatever they are—happiness, love, just feeling good—come when you are free, but you aren’t free unless you’re able break away from these distractions.
Be the person you are, not the person you’re meant to be and not the person others want you to be. Disengage yourself from actions, groups, and causes that are meant to provide you with an identity and just be.