Last week someone who ran across my blog felt compelled to send me an email calling me a fat, ugly c- – -. Of course, I hit delete and reminded myself that those hateful adjectives don’t define me.
A few days ago someone who befriended me on Facebook after discovering my blog wrote a long post on my wall expressing her disgust and disappointment in me because of my political affiliations. Her angry, hate-filled post was only on my wall for a few minutes before it was deleted and she was blocked.
Here’s the thing. I share my life online, and I know that I’ll be criticized as a result of that from time to time. And I’ve learned the hard way that some people will go out of their way to spew hatred and inflict their angry, psychotic and nonsensical ideas and/or judgments on me. I don’t like it, but I’ve learned to send those comments to spam, to hit delete without even reading their garbage and to simply ignore their rubbish.
I’ve grown to care about so many of you, and I know that I don’t have to tell you these things. This message is for those of you who hide behind the wall of the internet with hateful intent. It doesn’t matter to me if our views are different, and I’m not going to try to convince you that I’m right. But I do deserve and expect the kind of respect that I offer every time I write a post or share a comment on someone else’s blog. Respect is the standard here, and it will always be the standard here.
So if you have a problem with me, I can’t change that for you, and I won’t waste my efforts trying to. Instead, I’ll continue to focus on improving myself and celebrating the person that I am. If that doesn’t work for you, feel free to click the back button in the top left corner.