For example, that post I wrote on swearing? The only thing I was thinking about when posting it was "what if someone who swears doesn't like this? What if they get offended?" But in reality, I don't mind one bit if you swear! Swear all you like! Swear up and down! Swear at me! Swear the dirtiest swears in the world. I just don't want to curse anymore. That's all. And I wanted to share that with you, so that I could get my idea out there and also to keep myself motivated. :) What I'm getting at is that I wish I wasn't so concerned about accidentally offending someone. After all, if it's an accident then I'm not really doing anything wrong, right? And if I focus every post on making everyone happy and not offending anyone, then my blog would be really surface level and ultimately boring.
Like Franklin said,
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Or this quote from my favorite playwright...a little more direct and altogether debatable.
The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.
But in the end, I just need to remind myself that we all choose whether to be offended or let things roll of our back. We choose to be upset at someone or something. We pretend that we don't have a choice and waste so much time being prideful and hurt. I don't want to offend anyone either on purpose or on accident, and if I do, I apologize. But I don't want to stop blogging about things I think or realize. I don't want to stop posting about my opinions and beliefs.
Just because someone is getting offended doesn't mean someone else is being offensive.