I have been called a drama queen more than once in my life. The thing is, I’ve never been called a drama queen for engaging in behavior that is characteristic of one. True, I do take to Twitter and this site to vent my various frustrations, both big and small, but by no means is that making a mountain out of a molehill. I’m no social media whore, so any dramatic outbursts that may occur are confined to 140 characters and a small audience. While I do have an opinion on everything and everyone, I’m not a gossip and it’s not in my nature to waste my time talking about others and analyzing their lives and choices in a way that is spiteful, mean-spirited, or dramatic. The bulk of my “gossip” is what you see here; vague commentary about people without ever calling anyone out or inviting any attack of any kind on a person or group of people.
The actual drama in my life is pretty damn boring. I stress about money, about my kid, about my job, and about other various bits of nonsense that everyone else deals with on a weekly basis. I don’t sit around talking trash about the people in my life while thumbing through the latest issue of US Weekly and watching E! News. I don’t share things that I’ve been told in confidence or even things that I assume the person would want kept private. It boggles my mind why I would be called a drama queen or seen as a source of drama. Until recently, that is.
I had an odd dream last night about someone who doesn’t feel that I’m worth talking to anymore, and as I emerged from my groggy state and hopped in the shower, it finally clicked. Every single person who has ever called me a drama queen, both directly and indirectly, has been a person that has been offended when I’ve said something honest. For example, I went on a mini-rant once about people who post spoilers for television shows on social media outlets, resulting in one of the worst people ever getting annoyed by my statement and reducing me to drama queen status. I don’t feel that my actions fit the drama queen profile but because this person took my vague statement to EVERYONE who does it and made it into a personal attack, I was given the label.
The other thing I’ve noticed is that the people who think it appropriate to give me this label are also people who fit the queen profile, both males and females. They troll Facebook looking for old friends just to talk trash about them with current friends, they get into everyone’s business so they have something to discuss later, and they automatically assume everything is all about them. Sticking me with the label is simply a way of them making themselves feel better about their poor decisions. If I post a blog entry about how aggressive flirtation on social media is wrong when you’re not single and it angers someone, it’s easier for them to write me off as a drama queen instead of owning up to the fact that they fit the profile I described and they are doing something wrong.
I suppose I’ve just reached a point where things are finally clear to me. I don’t need to feel bad or guilty about anything I’ve done or said. I have never personally attacked anyone without being directly provoked and when I do attack, it’s certainly not out in the open so I can display it to everyone. If someone doesn’t want to associate with me because I’m vocal about my disgust for people who constantly discuss their sex lives out in the open, so be it. I am losing nothing of value from that separation and I do not need to feel remorse about expressing my honest opinion, especially when I had the decency to keep names and specifics out of it. I cannot be responsible for anyone being blind to their own bad behavior or the bad behavior of their loved one. I’m done feeling like I’m in the wrong.
I’m not trying to climb on the highest horse around so I can look down on as many people as possible, I’m just at a new phase in my life. I like to think I evolve more and more each day, and this is just one more tiny piece of my personal evolution. I cannot be held responsibly for the opinions and behaviors of others, even when they are indirectly caused by something I said or wrote. I refuse to bite my tongue out of fear of offending cheaters; I’m entitled to think it’s deplorable to cheat and I’m entitled to express it here, on Twitter, and in other appropriate settings. I cannot censor myself just because a handful of people are going to think I’m being mean.
As long as things are said in the right ways and in the proper settings, there’s no reason for the speaker to feel bad about their statements and opinions. Someone who simply disagrees should have enough maturity within them to say something to you if they feel strongly enough about it. Those who feel guilty and become angry should direct that anger back at themselves, not at the speaker. “Tracy is an attention seeking whore” and “There are way too many cleavage pics on my timeline; tone it down, ladies” are two very different statements. Only one should cause you to feel that twinge of guilt and only one gives a specific person reason to call you out. As long as I keep my statements in blanket form, I have nothing to feel bad about. It’s a shame that certain people disappear, but can it really be called a loss if that makes me down one delusional, lying, selfish friend?