I had a conversation with some close friends earlier where it seemed to me that some of what I said may be misconstrued in a lot of different ways. Written communication is something I think I’m good at, but when it comes to actual, verbal, using-my-voice communication? I still think I have a long way to go. 😀
Usually, I like to make it clear when we’re sharing anecdotes or stories that I know that my experiences aren’t universal: they’re personal. I know some of my conclusions and generalizations may be wrong, and I’m glad to have it changed by more people that I meet and more experiences that people share with me.
Whatever I’ve experienced is sure to be different from what other people have, too!
But I’m glad I have such understanding people around me who are willing to listen and understand that I never come from a place of hatred. Annoyance or anger? Sometimes. Hatred? Never.
Hopefully one day I’ll have enough berth of experience to be definitive over whatever I say, but until then, I’m always glad to hear new perspectives; be openminded about the fact that whatever I’ve seen is not necessarily what other people have seen; and to always remember that when it comes to people, it’s always case-by-case basis.