I was at the dentist the other day when the dental hygienist asked me if I was getting vaccinated.
I told her that I don’t plan to. We had already been making small talk before she asked me this, so she knew a little bit about me. When she heard my reply, she stopped what she was doing and said, “I don’t want to get political, but you should because you work at a school.
I was both shocked and annoyed.
yed at her response. For starters, I don’t need to be judged for my decision to not get vaccinated. Secondly, I don’t deserve shameful criticism for not getting vaccinated because of what I do for a living.
I was debating on even writing this post because I know that by sharing my opinion on this, people will unfollow me. That seems to be the go-to response in our world today. “You don’t believe what I believe? You’re cancelled.”
When did this become the norm? When did we stop allowing second opinions? When did we stop exposing ourselves to different points of view?
This post isn’t meant to be political or to judge anyone for their choice to get vaccinated or not. I’m writing this because I’ve noticed that I don’t share my beliefs on sensitive subjects, either with friends or family who have opposing views, or even on here, out of fear of being judged or ridiculed. I also tend to avoid conflicts. But if friends, family and everyone else are allowed to freely share their opinion, then why can't I? If I can genuinely listen to their perspective and support their freedom of speech, then why must I feel ashamed to speak my voice?
The moment I say I’m not getting vaccinated because I believe in my immune system and fresh air, or because we don’t know the short or long term effects of a new vaccine, or because Covid-19 has around a 99% survival rate, I’m looked at like I’m crazy. But what’s really crazy about this situation is that the majority of people are cutting ties with others over their FREEDOM to choose what feels right and truthful to them. What feels right and truthful to me?
To share my opinion. To not be afraid to say what’s on my mind - even if someone doesn’t agree with me. To be okay with people unfollowing me if this post or future ones offend them. To stand up for what I believe in, because I can and I should.
It’s your God-given right to speak your truth, to share what’s on your heart and to be receptive to opposing points of view. Now is the time to come together and support one another. Not to discriminate or shun others because they’re different.
We need each other more than ever now. It’s time to rise up TOGETHER. Not apart.