Retired and turning 60 this year. I am resolved to choose how I want to live. Not that I haven’t been doing it. But more like I can finally say, un-apologetically, that I don’t care about things that don’t serve me well.
I don’t have to be nice to everyone (i.e. what our parents told us back in kindergarten). Nasty people are going to be around no matter how much I try.
I don’t have to agree with everyone. I know what I said and respect what others’ feelings. But we don’t have to all agree. Diversity has its beauty and usefulness.
I don’t have to like every vegetables (or meats). I just don’t. I know what is good and nourishes me. I am responsible for my health. Not the doctors.
I don’t have to share (only if I want to). Plenty good and deserving causes around. I am certainly not able to save the world. Only the causes I care enough to volunteer.
Please understand. I am not becoming a mean old man (or maybe I am??). Only more selective insofar as to choose more the ways I want to live and less of what don’t serve me anymore.
How much of the social scripting do you really care about?