I am asked regularly what it means when I say that I am unapologetically unapologetic. The answer is actually quite simple. I am secure enough in my moral grounding and value structure that I don’t feel the desire or need to apologize or make excuses for what I believe in. This doesn’t mean that I think I’m perfect. I am far from being perfect, as are you.
You see, I wasn’t raised to be afraid of voicing my opinion. In fact, I was raised to speak my mind by people who speak their minds. This has gotten me into trouble more than a few times over the years, but one thing is for certain…people always know where I stand on the issue at hand.
Respect isn’t a thing to be given away freely. It has to be earned, and a person cannot earn respect by giving in to a spirit of fear and then choosing to sit quietly in the corner, hoping that someone else will make the best decisions for them. It is earned by recognizing that you have been given a voice, and then using that voice to point out the rights and wrongs being done before you. People may not always agree with what you say, but they will respect you for having the fortitude to say it.
This is why I will say what I want to say, when I want to say it, and how I feel it should be said. I won’t apologize for it. You shouldn’t, either.