In a week, our election will (hopefully!) be over, and we will be moving on with a new president and other elected positions.

Of course, some people will be less than thrilled. I'm continually baffled by the extreme opinions that we have in our country. For me, this week has been filled with other people's opinions - politics, parenting, approaches to health - and all of these opinions have been unwavering.

People have very strong thoughts on politics, religion and parenting and more often than not, they are not willing to budge. I wish we could have grown up conversations with friendly debates about our beliefs and values. Instead, many conversations end in anger and awkwardness.

I've had to let go of some things this week and understand that people just won't always believe the same thing of you. It doesn't necessarily mean anything detrimental or not even that one party is wrong and one is right. The great thing is that we are all different and should be celebrating that freedom rather than fighting over it.

I'm rather relaxed about religion. Having grown up in a very strict Christian family and being taught that our religion was the only religion, I can understand how and why people are so unwilling to try to see someone else's point of view. And having been on the other side of that argument, I realize that we are all on our own journey to self-discovery and there are multiple ways to get to your destination. What I would like to see is more love and celebrating our differences rather than anger and hate. So, have a good week and be gracious to your neighbor!

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WellnessJoanna Simmon