I was thinking about some raised eyebrows I received the other day about something I posted on Facebook. It was honestly nothing controversial in my eyes, but others felt something different. It was content of a personal nature, and up until this point, I have been extremely limited in my sharing of personal information. So because of previous conversations with some people (wherein I felt the need to protect some elements of my private life), I believe a few people were offended by my disclosure. Close friends to be honest…However, this morning when pondering about what I should write, this is the only thing that comes to mind.
Every person deserves to have some level of privacy in his or her life…even if they are in the public’s eye. Some things are going to be disclosed whether the individual wants them to be or not. Some things are going to be disclosed by the individual themselves. In relationships, regardless of whether they are on a romantic, platonic, familial or professional level, every bit of information is not and has not been disclosed to others. It is up to the individual to determine whether or not to disclose the information or even how to disclose the information. What the other parties do not know or even understand is the person’s story or reasoning behind their actions. Also, the person is not obligated to disclose anything further if he or she chooses not to do so.
Having said all of this, I now say, please have a measure of respect for the choices others make concerning their lives. If the choices being made are presenting a concern for self-harm or harm to others, then external intervention becomes necessary. However, if the person’s decision affects no one in a life-threatening manner, regardless of your feelings concerning the matter, the person has the right to make decisions for themselves and will be the ones living with the consequences for their actions. Respect other people’s right to privacy…#thinkonthesethings