The world is not going to hold its breath because you don’t like the sound of breathing. The world is not always hating on you or hating on your lifestyle because you cannot wrap your head around simple concepts. You’re going to face opinions that rival your lifestyle and choices, it’s not personal, it’s an opinion. You want to talk about the rights of freedom of speech, but can’t stomach when people start to speak. If your defense mechanism soars high amid simple conversation, you might try looking in the mirror and honestly asking yourself, why does this offend you. Ask, what got so far under your skin that you verbally retaliated in an anger manner. If opinions send you off the rails, you might be headed or troubled waters. And, more than likely, you have opinions too!
Count yourself lucky if you have never offended anyone. Continue on in this world and you will. The experience will surprise both you and them. You would be wise to know what drives your emotion, because if someone else does, if they want to control your emotions and you…they will! Don’t just give people the opportunity to easily sway you. Work on what makes you vulnerable, and strengthen those weak areas. It will be a process, but you’re worth it.
People will try and force you to apologize, or make you feel low for your statements. They’ll try to justify there defensiveness as who they are at the respective point in time. We’ve seen the millennial use the fact that they are millennial justify a choice or attitude toward opinions. If you use a subgroup within the culture to stand on so support your self protective posture, then you are not taking responsibility. Expect to be easily offended more often.
If you decide to be comfortable or accepting with your behavior, label, or sub-group, then its a small win. You will also find some value in understanding that people have a right to have an opinion. It may not be rooted in anything valid. You have to learn to ignore and walk pass insignificant words, sometime.