Religion, well, religion does interest me. But I am more than okay with keeping it off the table if need be. I mean, I do have my opinions (hear me! I have opinions!) and I can voice them with some real vim and vigor, but, I'm going to humble brag for a moment, I sort of pride myself in being seriously open-minded in this venue. Buddhist? Cool. It's got something to offer, no doubt. Really, really, really conservative? Less cool. But still, we'll work with it. Atheist? Alright, let's talk.
Hot-button topics. There are some that I love to talk about. That I feel strongly about. That I will go to bat for. For the most part, I keep these out of conversations too. Especially if I'm not sure you (the collective you!) will welcome it or you haven't asked for my opinion. These are the sorts of topics that I'm always afraid I'll speak too passionately about and then later, as I'm driving home, mull over the conversation in my head with regret: "Bridget! You said too much! You spoke too authoritatively! You were too passionate!" Vaccinations, homeopathy, circumcision, attachment parenting to name a few. Sure, I've got opinions! Some strong, some less so. I try never to let this blog (or my 140-character Twitter allowance or my Facebook status) become my soap-box. But, in avoiding these topics completely, am I wishy-washy? Do I seem downright opinion-less? Am I a sell-out? Here's the thing. I just think there are too many people these days who just need to be heard. Desperate to be heard, even. Who think every opinion that crosses their mind must be both voiced and validated. Either from insecurity or from their own inflated self-confidence. I don't want to be another.
Do you ever think about this? Do you feel like you owe it to so-and-so to give your opinion? Do you get yourself into deep water for doing it? Or are you someone who keeps these things to yourself? And, if you're a blogger, do you keep these topics off your blog too?
(*They are also the person that has had a Facebook status about Chic-fil-A in the last week. And the person that you should block from your newsfeed NOW.)
(The song. Great lyrics and if you try hard enough you can probably relate it to this?)
(This whole post was heavily inspired by this post. It's a good one.)