Sometimes destiny brings us on crossroads, throwing at us the task of making difficult choices as I found myself years ago. However, I am glad I chose the right path and I do not regret my decision at all. At times you have to take decisions even in such daily mundane matters which are considered too petty to be thought of even second time.
Saving you all the mystery, let me get straight to the point. Many years back, I went on a holiday with my cousins and, contrary to my expectations, it turned out to be a nightmare because two of my younger cousins made sure that I did not enjoy it even for a moment. Their conduct was an appalling demonstration of rudeness and an extremely poor upbringing. While the parents of one were literally ashamed on his audacity, another’s mother who too had come along and ironically is into teaching, did not bother and at times even felt proud of the boldness of her maniac son.
They not only misbehaved (verbally) with me but also passed nasty jibes about my paternal relatives. When I got to know the cause of this behavior, I was shocked at their immaturity. They simply seemed to enjoy the ‘fun’ of teasing. When I complained to their parents, I was told to ignore their taunts as they were just a bit ‘boyish’ and ‘juvenile’ (they were in high school that time while I was in college), and also that being a girl, I shouldn’t take such matters to heart as ‘boys are like that only’. This literally made my blood boil as I had never faced such discrimination in my own family. Back home, I told the entire thing to my mother who gave a piece of her mind to the accompanying elder relatives, making them feel ashamed of themselves. Even then, the mother of the other younger cousin was as shameless as ever and did not feel anything wrong about her son’s behavior.
I then decided to kick out such crap from my life. I consider my life to be my own canvas and nobody except me will decide what colors will be splashed over it. I brushed aside all the shades of dark; I severed all ties with them even at the risk of being tagged as rude, unruly and selfish, for I believe when there is no respect and courtesy in relationships, they must be dissolved and one should mingle only with people who enrich his/her life. There is no point carrying on such relationships just for the sake of it, even at the cost of your own peace of mind.
Even though, after many years one of them apologized several times, I simply did not bother and it is highly unlikely that I’ll do so in future. I chose my self-respect and dignity over rotten relationships even though I was chided for my decision by few other relatives who thought that a girl should always be tolerant, forgiving and submissive. I am proud of what I have done for living my life positively. Throwing out dirt is no crime; rather it is something that must be done to #StartANewLife!
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