Recently, I’ve gotten into some arguments that have a lot to do with opinions. I’ve learned that I really hate when people disagree with my opinions, especially when I feel like my opinion is more morally “correct.” But I’ve also really learned that the reason people say things and believe in things is totally personal to them, and just because they don’t agree with my opinion doesn’t mean they don’t agree with ME. I get really hostile when people challenge me, and I know I feel like that because the way I grew up makes me feel like I have to have my guard up at all times. Sometimes, maybe the people I’m arguing with have personal backgrounds that make them say what they say. My point is that I can’t really change how other people feel. I’ve spent a lot of time being angry and arguing and I’m just tired of feeling that way. There’s always a part of me that feels like challenging other people, but if I was more sympathetic I could be a lot happier. All I have to do is put myself in their shoes; it’s so much easier to understand people when you truly think about what they’re going through. I truly just want to understand people, so figuring this out was really important to me. ♦