Each and every person I know has some odd-ball things that they believe in – the guy who swears it takes 7 years to digest chewing gum or that alligators live in the NYC sewer system – and they have no problem telling you those absurdly inane things at every opportunity. And this is without going down the dark and dangerous road of people’s political and religious beliefs, where the only certainties are you’re right, “they” are wrong, and some cable talking head/radio jock/blog/article/crazy relative totally backs (or provides) your opinion.
While I don’t have a problem with sharing my opinions, I’m usually not the first one out of the gate. I’ve never been a person to publicly voice my opinions on things such as politics, religion, or other hot-button issues without knowing how the other person feels – and even then I’m probably not going to say too much if I disagree. Why? There are certain positions I hold that I probably cannot defend logically, (or worse, in response to a friend’s indignant “How could you possibly support X?” accusation), but yet I still feel that way. But mainly, it’s out of fear that those I’m talking to will feel the exact opposite and judge me for it. So anybody who is expecting this to a manifesto of my beliefs, values, and political opinions is probably going to be out of luck.
That said, there are certain things that I believe in with all my heart and I cannot imagine anybody convincing me otherwise. These things include:
- A college football playoff (other than a “Plus 1” to eliminate undefeated teams) is a horrible idea that would ruin college football.
- The rights and benefits for adoptive families should equal those for families who have biological children.
- People that vote based solely upon the R or D behind a candidate’s name are ignorant. If you take the time to learn about the candidates and still vote straight ticket, that’s okay by me.
- Spring is a much better season than Autumn/Fall. Would you rather watch things come to life or die? Have days get longer and warmer or shorter and colder? No brainer. Besides, most of the things people associate with fall (shorter days, cooler temps, football, leaves changing, etc) start happening in August/September, which are summer months.
- Karma is a bitch. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But some day what goes around will come around.
- People who endure both winter and summer (i.e. hot humid summers and cold snowy winters) are tougher than folks who only endure one extreme.
- Text messages are primarily used when a) you don’t have enough to say to warrant a phone call and/or b) you do not want to have a conversation with that person.
- Your birthday should be a paid holiday.
- Dogs and cats do qualify as “starter children”. If you do not have the time, energy, patience, or money for an animal then you have no business having kids.