I have recently made a new friend who many people would consider to be 'different' from the norm, but I don't care what other people say about him. I think he's interesting and fun to be around, and I think that my impression and thoughts of him that have been formulated from the time I've spent with him are what counts. And also, who is to say what's 'normal' and what's not? Plus, where's the fun in conforming to societal norms and expectations? Conformity is overrated and boring.
Funnily enough, the trigger for this post was watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which seems to preach that we should embrace our weirdness and accept the weirdness of others!
Five good reasons for accepting people for who they are:
- It avoids resentment and dissension. Nobody enjoys being told what to do or how to be.
- It brings closeness. When people know that you accept them for who they are, trust develops.
- You experience greater personal growth. When you accept others, your focus changes from them to you which enables you to focus on fostering your own skills and improving your shortcomings.
- It enables you to let go of control and enjoy the many rewards that occur when you do.
- You have more peace and serenity in your life.
Plus, who wants to be around someone that is always critical of others? Personally, I'm endeavoring to improve myself in this area because, while I think I'm pretty good at not being discriminatory, I still do it at times. I'm trying to see every new person that I meet as a potential friend.