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This "thing" with having your own opinion

I believe in autonomy. Being able to take my decisions. The decisions I am believing in. The decisions that are good for me. Making my decisions happen, making them real. Choosing for myself. Making the change that I need for myself. Being able to make changes. For my wellbeing, for the wellbeing of others.

I believe in freedom. Freedom to feel, express, and DO what I feel and think is right and good for me. For my wellbeing, for the wellbeing of others.


I believe in fairness & equality, yes, very big topics - but I can try to do my best in my every day life, may it be the smallest moments, the smallest steps - this counts. For my wellbeing, for the wellbeing of others.


I believe in courage. Having the courage to change, to start change, to drive change, to lead change, to invent change - to do things differently and serve the wellbeing.

I do not believe into people being in powerful positions feeding their egos with that power, for their own wellbeing, against the wellbeing of others.


I do NOT believe in people being in powerful positions wanting their personal opinion to become a national law, for their own wellbeing, against the wellbeing of others.


I do NOT believe in people being in powerful positions wanting their personal religion to be part of a national law, for their own wellbeing, against the wellbeing of others.


I do NOT believe in men being in powerful positions, abusing their power, taking away the human right of a woman - taking away her autonomy, freedom, independence.


For a very long time I have said I am not a “politics person”. And I said it because I did not have my own opinion. I struggled to do my own thinking. I struggled to have my own opinion, especially about “big topics”. (I still remember how I talked to a friend back then and told her how difficult I found it to have my own opinion and how to express my own opinion. Little did I know back then that it also takes courage to express my own opinion. )

Instead, I listened to what other people had to say and then “picked” the opinion that I liked best. Copy paste at its best.


This has changed: No copy paste anymore. I am doing my own thinking. I am continuing to learn to think critically, continuing to learn to do my very own thinking. And I am expressing my opinion. Because this way, I am stanidng up for myself. This way, I am shaping my own personality and this way, I am taking responsibility.


Expressing my own opinion will not change the world, it will not solve problems. It will not interest everyone. Not everyone will agree with it. Not everyone will like it.


But maybe, it might start conversations, open up dialogues, create new exchanges. Maybe it will provoke new questions, new thinking. Maybe it will bring new people together, allow new meaningful connections.


That’s what I am hoping and wishing for.



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