One of the amazing things that has come out of my battle with PPD is an understanding that judging people is not only a waste of time, it creates a feeling of negativity in me that I neither want nor need.
The parenting choices made by others are not my business. I am not a better mother because I am currently co-sleeping with my on his way to three year old. I do not feel like a failure because I allowed my son to wean at 10 months . . . when he indicated that he was done with it. I do what I right for my family and I hold true to the belief that whatever choices you make are the right ones for your family.
It goes beyond parenting as well. Ultimately, I am working towards living my life in a positive manner and giving those around me the benefit of the doubt, believing that they are making the right decisions for their life.
What has me currently struggling to hold my tongue is the on-going political nonsense going on . . . particularly down in the United States.
I do not understand the on-going battle surrounding marriage, defining marriage and defending marriage. Marriage is, and has been since accounts concerning it have been written, a contract between two people. Actually, really early accounts generally have it as a contract between a man and as many women as possible but that is not the point I am focusing on. In the "good ol'days" that contract was generally between a father and a man as the father sold his daughter into a marriage. It was a business transaction. That is a traditional marriage.
Things have soften somewhat, which given that I am a female, I am grateful for. It became more of a partnership based on mutual feelings of love and respect, a desire to work towards a bright and happy future together. But that partnership is still a contract and combining of assets.
Yet a portion of the population is being denied the right to enter into this transaction because others don't agree with, understand or are simply disgusted by how they live their lives and who they love. I don't understand this . . . it honestly baffles me.
How does the marriage between two men or two women who love each other, and are willing to enter into this contract together, affect the lives of those who oppose it?! It doesn't! However, it does have a profound affect on the couples whose rights are being denied.
Even if you believe that being gay is a choice . . . which by the way I don't . . . the issue of gay marriage is one in which a minority group is being denied their rights by the majority. It is exactly the same issue as interracial marriage, segregated schools, denying women the right to vote and it is one whose time has come to an end.