I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be,
but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.
— Douglas Pagels

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

3AM Soapbox: Kindness Paranoia

Story of my life, folks. And frankly, I'm sick of it.

It is upsetting that I can't compliment some people without them acting suspicious, uncomfortable, or defensive. What on Earth is happening to our society?

It is my character to embrace people and cheer people on without an ulterior motive or intentions of any kind. It is who I am, but I've been bitter about this for a while since being treated like I was some kind of creep by a few peers who were briefly in my life. I'll never know what was said about me to cause it, but they couldn't have been more wrong and I can finally say without hesitation that it is their loss.

I've found that it's becoming much too common, though. There was a timely message on my Facebook news feed tonight about this very thing...the fact that we can no longer give compliments without people wondering what you want from them. It is a screwed up world we live in when we can't even be kind to people without them getting weirded out. Sad times, truly.

But I have decided, as my friend declared on Facebook, that I am not changing to please the paranoid. This is who I am. If you are present in my life whatsoever, you'll just have to deal with it, and please consider not making me a scapegoat for whatever your internal issues are.

Good night and God bless.