I got a bit upset yesterday about being left out of the North Carolina Border Collie cliche. This is nothing new, but with the advent of Blogs and now everyone has their own with links to others, mine not included, I got a bit upset.
I asked a close, very wise, friend of mine why it was that I piss people off. He looked at me as if I had two heads (I expect he thought I already knew the answer to this question), then said, “you’re very intense. You tell it like it is and a lot of people can’t tolerate that. You have a zero percent bullshit factor.” Then he said that he had talked to his wife numerous times about me and these characters are what they like about me. I then talked to another friend and she agreed and also said that’s why she liked me so much and added “you make people think, people don’t like to think.” She’s right, most people prefer to keep their heads in the sand.
I thought long and hard about these attributes. Sure, they are a problem if you want to play the game and be a part of cliches, but just like I could care less if there was a man in my life, I really don’t care about being part of cliches or groups of any kind. I don’t have the time or the patience to play the game that you need to play in order to fit in.
Sure, I bite my tongue and don’t always say exactly what I feel, but most of the time I do. I am not mean about it, nor am I a bad person. I’m just me and I’m happy with me. I think that’s really all that matters. I am happy with my life. Sure, my feelings get hurt sometimes and I get frustrated with my dogs, sheep and cats, but that’s all part of life and learning and growing. Something I don’t ever want to stop doing. When you stop growing and learning, you die.