We made it back from Hume safe and sound. It was a fun vacation filled with ups and downs, sun tans and sunburns, laughter and tons of activities. The kids totally had a blast and that makes it cool.
SUBJECT OF THE DAY – FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Per Wikipedia, Freedom of Speech is defined as: the concept of being able to speak freely without censorship. It is often regarded as an integral concept in modern liberal democracies.
Most people recognize this as a political freedom, sanctioned by their government in some fashion. People also look to it as their personal rights as well, within relationships, within reason. (Like, I believe most husbands, when asked “does this outfit make me look fat?” would not invoke freedom of speech!)
In any case, I am a bit frustrated because it seems I have to be very careful with my words in every scenario of my life, even in the sanctity of my home. My feelings, it seems, cannot be expressed for fear of offending this or that person. I can’t share frustration when something bothers me and I certainly can’t share that my feelings have been hurt. I am told it’s not fair to voice that I feel I am being taken advantage of at times. Further, if I make the stupid mistake of saying something, it is often taken in a way that does not reflect my true motives and I am brutally attacked for it. Oh, but others are free to say whatever they want, no matter when it does to me. It seems that all my life, the only thing people want me around for is to make them laugh or be the goofy one. I shouldn’t complain really because at least I am needed for something.
Sorry for the downer – I will write more later when my reflection is back on the goofiness that is preferred.