For all those who believe in "No Grits No Glory" ... This is for you.
When pursuing any love, their will always be Resistance. It can manifest itself in you or in other people. It is always most difficult to see it in yourself, but outside "Resistance” is REAL and should never be taken lightly. See, when you pursue your passion, the world will react differently toward you.
If you are confident, they will say you are arrogant.
If you are deliberate, they will say you are too sure of yourself.
If you have a sense of purpose, they will say you are full of it.
If you know who you are, they will ask, "Who are you, anyway?"
If you believe in compassion, they will say you are naïve.
If you are a dreamer, they will say "Join the real world."
If you are a rebel, they will try to shut you down.
And they will tell you to slow down and be patient. Be safe.
And for a moment you will believe what your " friends" will tell you, but something is different this time. You can’t swallow it. The pill won’t go down. Then you will hear a small voice tell you what you already knew...
They are jealous, because they want what you have.
They are afraid of change, even as they crave it.
They are projecting their own regret into resentment of you.
It's not all bad news: some of them will sort themselves out and some will end up joining you. Because you are a good person and have had plenty of false starts of your own, you'll understand and welcome them warmly. We've missed you! You’ll say. It's about time you made it.
As for the others?
To quote Gandhi, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."