Each one of us is uniquely different. Yet, in spite of our differences, we share a similar bond. Specifically, we are passionate about what is “important to us.” In other words, we may not share similar interests, ambitions, or beliefs in life. However, that is exactly what makes us so uniquely special. It is our individuality that makes life more interesting. Wouldn’t life be boring with a big “B” if we were all alike?
For most of us, we are driven by more than one passion in life. For instance, I have always loved helping animals, but I have other passions as well. My degree is in psychology, which has served me well in working with children and families. Plus, I also enjoy working with elderly people. For me personally, I am happiest when I feel that I am making a difference.
My true friends have been very supportive of my passions in life. By the way, it’s easy to decipher who are your true friends. They will “show interest” in your passions too. Nonetheless, having a blog is a wonderful way to “see” if your friends are interested in what you have to say! Moreover, the blogging community has been pretty awesome too. I have met some really cool bloggers who have just been phenomenal! Also, I have a loving husband who supports me in all of my endeavors. Plus, he just happens to be a vegetarian who loves animals. So, I guess it’s fair to say that I have been blessed in so many ways.
Now for the “pet peeve” part of this post! After all, we don’t live in a “purrfect” world (pun intended). As wonderful as people have been, every so often when I mention that I am advocating for animals I will hear comments like, “what about people or the kids?” On the other hand, I often get lots of praise from people because of my work with kids and families, which I appreciate. Yet, it’s not unusual for people to not be as “enthusiastic” when I tell them that I am an animal advocate. It’s not uncommon to hear negative comments. They’re not intentionally mean-spirited, but it’s more of a lack of understanding of why animals are important too.
Interestingly enough, I am not at all surprised by their comments. After all, kids and people in general are pretty important. As a matter of fact, at one point in my life, I was a kid too! So, it’s clear that I happen to adore people and kids too. However, what’s puzzling to me is the comparison that is made between the two. To be specific, does there need to be a competition between animals and people? Besides, who says that we can’t care about animals and people too? Is there a finite limit to compassion? Should we only care about people? Is compassion limited to only people? Maybe for some it is.
When I decided to start this blog, I knew that I wanted to have a voice for animals. I wanted to balance my passions in life. I have always been an animal advocate, but I wanted to devote more time to it. For me personally, I do not put a limit on compassion. That is, I extend my compassion to animals too. Besides, it’s no surprise that most people do not put “animals” on their list of top priorities in life. So, why not make caring about animals a top priority? They need a voice too. If everyone felt that animals are not as important, who would be there for the animals?
So, that’s my pet peeve. I personally believe that there are some people who have less compassion for animals. I refer to this as “selective compassion.” In other words, their compassion is “person-centered.” It is difficult for those people to empathize beyond the human race. Furthermore, there are some people who say that they have compassion for animals, but their behavior does not match their words. For other people, compassion is shared equally with people and animals.
So, where do you fit in? Do you have compassion for animals too? Is there a limit to your compassion? What are some of your life’s passions?