I’m Different. You’re Different. What’s the Matter?

Imagine all people love the same color: Red.

All people love the same movie — only one movie: Star Wars.

Then only one music: Bohemian Rhapsody.

And only one food: Pizza.

I could go on forever. Point is, we have different preferences.

Some people prefer country music, while others are into jazz. Some prefer romantic drama movies, while others are into sci-fi.

Novels. Some people love thriller Stephen King-esque, while others enjoy fantasy or drama.

Work environment. The introverts prefer solitude and being alone. Extroverts want constant interaction with coworkers.

Fashion. Most people prefer stylish trendy outfits, while some want simplicity, or just being themselves.

So which one is right, which one is wrong? There’s no right or wrong. It’s a matter of preference. And each one is unique. That’s how the world works and we should be glad we have different preferences. Because what if we all love the same thing?

The problem is, some people force their own preferences to others — as if pointing a gun at their victims’ face if they don’t agree they’ll shoot them dead.

Some parents want their kids to follow a certain career because they believe it’s the only way, without giving their children a chance to pursue what they truly want.

Some school teachers reprimand their students for being silent and loner and slow reader, without considering their students’ personality. Maybe she’s introvert? Maybe she’s dyslexic? The film Taare Zameen Par (Every Child is Special) can explain it.

Isn’t it strange we believe everyone’s different, still get annoyed when we see other people dress weird outfits, or for men grow their hair long, or for women wear full body tattoos?

Maybe that person prefers that fashion or that lifestyle or that food or that music or that movie. Maybe that person prefers working at home because it makes them more productive. Or maybe they want to work in the office so they can interact with coworkers every day. I have no idea.

If you meet a person with different preferences from yours, respect. Listen to them. Empathize. If you don’t like what they want, then most probably, they don’t like your preferences too. And that’s not a problem.

On the other hand, if you think you’re alone because of your weird preferences, that’s not a problem either. There are many people who share your preferences. Find those people, and maybe, be friends with them. Yes, why not?

Have a great day.

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Jade Panugan

Some interesting questions about life and human behavior: What if there's no money? Why we often feel the urge to prove that we're right and others are wrong? Why we react to things beyond our control? Why we hate? Why it's hard to be content? I don't have all the answers, do you? Let's chat.