I know. You might think I’ve gone crazy by trying to make this kind of analogy. But let me explain what crossed my mind. When one stops eating meat there will seldom be comments from people around. This happens in countries where culture or religion support eating meat. While some comments are funny, others may be annoying. Some people will repeatedly try to convince a vegetarian to go back to eating meat. Their opinion is that it is healthier and I am sure their intention is good. But, will they succeed? Not really. One makes a choice and will stick to it.
While being vegetarian is a choice, being homosexual is a given. There should be a big STOP to anyone trying or thinking to convert a homosexual person into a heterosexual one. It’s a lost battle from the start.
After we are born, we eat what we are offered; some food we like, some we don't. Picky or not, in time we choose what we want to eat. One decides to be a vegetarian for different kind of reasons. Although nowadays there are more and more vegetarians, even vegans, one still has to face questions and comments from almost everyone around. Explanations do exist. One of those is that you don't want to support animal killing. A majority of people who question the reasons behind your choice will accept your explanations. Some of them will try to convert one, but in general, they will not force it too much.
Regarding a homosexual, one is born as such. There is no real explanation when people question about it. One doesn't actually know why he or she is homosexual. People who are open-minded and tolerant will not interfere with this. They will just accept someone's orientation as they would accept one’s food preference. Many others will make one feel that it is wrong. Others will try to convert him or her. If anyone ever thought this is possible, I dare to say there is no such possibility. There is at least a chance that one can perhaps convert a vegetarian to eating meat again, especially if the person is not very determined. But not so with a homosexual person. It happens that a gay person was or is in some kind of relationship with the opposite gender. The reasons behind it are multiple. But is he or she entirely happy? Is this the kind of life they should live? Is the society giving the freedom so that anyone can express freely their orientation? Unfortunately, not always is the case. Things are slowly changing though. You see, a determined vegetarian will not be able even to touch meat again. In certain circumstances, a homosexual person that isn't strong enough to face eventual prejudices might consider as a better choice to pretend to be heterosexual. Isn't it ironic?
I used the analogy above as a way to underline what’s behind my thoughts. I know I am repeating myself, but it is the core message. Being vegetarian is a choice, being homosexual is something that one is born with. One might not be even aware of it for a long time, as being heterosexual is what everyone presumes and expects. But sooner or later one comes to feel it. One can’t change it, but he or she deserves to live life to the fullest as anyone else. Let their homosexuality be expressed freely and let them enjoy love and life in their own way, disregarding what others might think. Why should anyone be judged?! Why does anyone need to give an explanation when there simply isn’t one?!
Think. Try. Understand. Accept. Allow everyone to live and love freely.
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Life teaches us lessons continuously.
Do we pay attention and acknowledge what we learn? Do we strive to improve ourselves and hence our lives, relationships and by this positively influence everyone around us?
Life's an ongoing process.
We should consciously stop sometimes to reflect upon the situations we find ourselves in and the experiences life gives us. Could we have done things differently? What did we learn from these? Should we change something, and achieve a different outcome next time?
Do you want to change your life...
but don't know where to begin? Are you in an unhappy relationship? Do you feel lonely? Can you imagine what your life would be like, if you discovered what makes you feel fully alive? Are you stuck in a job you don't love? What's stopping you from getting the life that you’re dreaming of?
Life's a roller-coaster.
Let's transform it into genuine fun, by finding and offering only the good within us. As odd as it sounds, it takes a little effort to be a good person. It demands self-awareness. It requires perseverance. You must keep an open mind about things and develop an acceptance of everything that is different, even if you don't fully understand it. Though at times it requires nothing more than just an honest smile.
LESSONS IN LIFE
"In hope of a world, that does not celebrate the fake & the cold
In hope of a world where true emotions can be uphold
In hope of a world where truth is told
In hope of the world where sugar coated abuses are not sold
In hope of a world that does not force you to fit in & fold
In hope of a world where tears are allowed to unfold
You are not told to fake happy when your heart can no longer hold
In the hope of a world that doesn’t go numb & cold,
While faking positivity & not being bold
In hope of that world where you & I can be true to our core
We are not judged for being human
And not expected to be a bot, running on a computer code
Let the beauty of true emotions and the warmth of real unfold
Sweet, sour, bitter, happy, sad, high, low, cold
Sincere bonds and true connects
Let us not turn the world into a fake emotion(less) zone"
by Vanashree Yadav