We live in a time when everyone thinks about everything and (almost) everyone feels the need to vent all these opinions appropriately. Do not get me wrong. Allowing you to have and express an opinion is valuable, but sometimes it’s better not to like something – or just keep your mouth shut if you find something.
I read the book a while ago The subtle art of not giving an AF*ck by Mark Manson. In it many topics are discussed, but the writer also focuses on our constant desire to find something about everything and to interfere with everything. When I read that, a penny that had been hanging by a thread for quite some time had fallen.
I don’t care that Britney Spears does a half-naked threesome on Instagram live, because you’re six children of four, and what Famke Louise and Denzel Slager think falls under gender-neutral upbringing. As long as they do no harm to anyone and do not cause a global panic, I see no point in forming an opinion about this at all. It costs me time, gives me unnecessary stress (highly expressed) and sometimes I don’t want to find anything at all.
“But aren’t you allowed to say anything else?” Of course yes, I would! But every now and then it doesn’t hurt to count to ten before you say something or send a comment online. As we all learned in elementary school. Because what is the added value now that someone on the other side of the country knows that you think Du Pop is Dick? Nothing at all, in my opinion.
All those opinions being thrown into my world from all sides throughout the day sometimes drive me crazy. And of course there are a lot of things I have an opinion on. In fact, this entire column is an opinion about expressing opinions. Something I should never spend any time or care about at all. It’s time to put an end to that, so I can focus on the really important things again.
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