…as a child, yes. Definitely. All the time. I grew up in a world of “being seen, and not heard”. I was taught right from wrong and basically had to live by the rules of the house I lived in. As a kid, I didn’t know any better, so I conformed. I didn’t want to create any trouble, but then again, I didn’t get to do much and really didn’t have a mind of my own until I grew up and started to experience the world.
I guess that happened in college. From that point forward, I started to buck the system.
Today, as an adult, I enjoy the fact that I don’t have to live by the house rules, but by my own rules. At work, I do what I am suppose to do and if in doubt, ask. I still have opinions but I stick to what I know and do it very well. But outside of work, I am my own person and I make my own rules and live my life the way I see fit.
While I think that it is healthy to have a difference of opinion, sometimes you will never agree on things, so my motto in that circumstance is “to agree to disagree”. My husband and I don’t always agree on things, but I don’t expect it. And I don’t always agree with my parents either. But today, I am not afraid to speak up…to anyone.
And no matter what, I’m never going to be on the backburner again.
Wishing you moments to put yourself on the front burner!
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6 thoughts on “BlogFEST: Putting Myself on the Backburner…”
And I think that is for the most part, a very good thing. There are, however, times when it is just best to keep your lips together and let an idiot do the speaking. You don't even have to listen. 🙂
Agreed! I just sit there and usually laugh on the inside! 🙂
I think that is the best thing about being an adult. It is certainly a perk of getting older. Great blog!
I guess being an adult is a bless after-all 🙂
I was raised the same way. Eldest of 6 kids. I make my own rules now, and am thankful that my parents did have some rules and taught me well. I didn't get into any trouble, was safe etc. Sometimes I would wish for less strict parents, but now, I am happy I had the guidance. We were encouraged to think for ourselves, but to be respectful of others. My parents and I do not agree on some subjects, but we agree to disagree. Hubby and I are polar opposites on certain things as well. But the respect issue is key for peace and harmony.
Great post Susan– I'm glad that you are now able to make your own rules–and you are living life on your terms.
My experience is quite different. I grew up very independent. Some say I grew up too soon. I also grew up with a lot of uncertainty. I could have gotten into a lot of trouble as a young kid–because I didn't have the tight rules that most of my friends grew up with–but I had a strong moral foundation and a Grandma that helped guide me. Thank God. Because I do see where it could have gone horribly wrong in many different points of my growing up.