My life is a May game, I will live life as I like. I defy your straight laced, weary social ways and modes. Blue is the sky, green the fields and groves, fresh the springs, glad the river and hospitable the splendor of Sun and Star. I will play my game out.”~ R. W. Emerson
Like Emerson, I don’t dig straight-laced situations or antiquated social set-ups. In the past I tried to force myself to like this stuff, stuff that just didn’t correspond to my life and how I wanted to live it. My attempts to be happy and successful always fell short.
But now I’m happy and successful (in certain circles) because I’ve come to terms with my past and it’s only that: the past. Can’t change it. It is what it is. I’ve grown and matured so much because I have learned from my past.
It’s a whole lot easier to go with old ways to get by, to get things done. And if I dare get into the political arena, this “living in the past” seems to be a big part of the Republican rhetoric. Whether it’s Republicans’ poor views on gun control (just look at Scandinavian countries for the up-to-date laws that work) or their horrified disbelief that more than just man and woman unions should be sanctified, legalized.
“Legalize it / Don’t criticize it”– Bob Marley