Often I find myself asking the question “is it worth it” when deciding to say something. When faced with the potential of backlash, bad reactions, misunderstandings and possible ridicule, I have to weigh in if it’s worth saying something. I am unique in how I think and feel, so much that I find it hard to find others who agree with my opinions. I also have little to no patience or sympathy for those unwilling to listen to what I have to say.
I tend to “ghost” when I feel that a person or a group becomes unsafe because of the things they say or share. And I’m not talking about general disagreements. Disagreements are to be expected between individuals. Constructive criticism and disagreement can be helpful and healthy to a conversation. But sometimes those disagreements turn into threats. Even mentioning that it’s a perceived threat is, more often than not, met with negativity or completely ignored as if the feelings don’t matter.
Overtime I have grown to be very impatient with people who ignore this or jump down someone’s throat when someone else is offended. Yes there are those who go completely out of control when offended. But anymore when it is just a mere mention of it, it turns into a victim blame game where the offended is the offender. Of course the person who offended originally will usually start this. In some cases it becomes the entire group blaming the victim.
I constantly think about weather it’s worth it to bring up if something offends or threatens. I’ve become silent when I needed to speak. Missing when I needed to stand up for myself. I have to measure my emotional state to see if it’s worth getting hurt just to be who I am and not let someone stomp on that. I do not give up on all my fights. I fight where it’s most important. But I do not have the time or patience to fight where the ends to not justify the means.
Some people are just not worth wasting energy on proving that I am who I am and they are not going to step on me. I will leave if I feel as if they are doing this. It sucks because I miss out on conversations with others in that group. But I have to think about my mental health and well being. If it feels unsafe, I leave. I get enough crap as it is fighting for who I am. I will not deal with it where I do not feel it’s worth dealing with.