I learned at a very young age that certain topics are best left untouched in the work place or with strangers or even some times friends.
Religion, abortion and politics.
Religion - People get sensitive about their religion, THEIR way of thinking and why it's right. I really don't care, I don't believe in religion, I believe in a higher power. Whether or not that is god, a goddess or just the sun, I have no idea. I just believe that there is something bigger than me out there.
Abortion - I am pro-choice for many reasons. I don't believe that anyone has a right to tell me what I can and can't do with my body. It's MY body. What are they going to do...strap me down and make me carry a child for 9 months? I don't agree that people should use it as a form of birth control, but again, I'm not going to lecture them on what to do with their body. If abortion wasn't available I would be dead right now. (see, I told you in the beginning that you might learn more about me than you ever wanted to)
Politics - This one cracks me up. I just got out of our finance meeting. One of our co-workers is going on a 2 week cruise (bastard) and we're splitting up his job duties (me taking on about 60% - yeah) so we had to see the big boss and discuss what we already know. At the end of the meeting the big boss man says, "I just have to say that I'm getting really excited about this election! Is anyone following it?" And my little Smiley co-worker says, "Oh, the speech last night was awesome!" I just looked over and rolled my eyes. Of course I had to chime in, "Uh, yeah. Of course there is a report out there clarifying some of the things that were discussed." And boss man interrupts and says, "Wait a minute...are you a democrat?" I said, "Yeah..." and he says (brace yourself), "Wow, that surprises me. I thought you were smarter than that!" ARE YOU F-ING KIDDING ME??? I said, "I was raised by an educator, I went to school to be an educator, a lot of my friends are in the profession. Why does it surprise you? Because I can bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan?" (Of course my mind went to that old commercial...because I'm a WOOOOMAN...) Smiley spoke up again, "Yeah, RA and I agree to disagree, that's how we stay friends."
Nice huh? I'm not a total left-winger, I just have several key issues that I sway more to the left than the right. I think I would consider myself a conservative Democrat. I think that some if not most issues should be handled by the state, not federally. But why does my belief that every woman should have a right to decide what to do with her body make me less smart than my 25 year old, doesn't know much about life, counterpart??
Sorry...my rant for the day.