Self-Express or In-your-Face?

Sometimes, when an emotion is unfamiliar, it can be misread.

For example, when confidence is missing in oneself, it is read as arrogance in others. When love is missing, it is read as needy. When boundaries are missing, it is read as selfish.

With that in mind, would speaking up mean to self-express or to confront (in-your-face)?

Students are reprimanded for having an opinion.
Women are mocked for making demands on what is her rights.
Children are silenced when adults speak.
Men are shamed for opting for non-masculine careers.

Is it wrong to stand up to what you believe in? Is it unwarranted to fight against what contradicts your belief? Is it undesirable to go against the norm if the norm leads you nowhere?

Who decides?

– We should be okay to accept other people’s truth that works them, even if we can’t comprehend the logic for as long as humanity is upheld.
– We should be okay with our young to explore and learn other realities beyond our own, and allow a new reality from our observation. Nothing is set in stone.
– We need to make the effort to understand why only norms exist. What is growth without exploring beyond borders?

When I ask, ‘who decides?’. What was your answer?

If the answer was not ‘me’, who then?

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