“So your offended and oppressed?”

"To stand up straight with your shoulders back is to accept the terrible responsibility of life, with eyes wide open." - Jordan Peterson

In this life, we each have a profound responsibility to regulate our own emotions, especially when it comes to sensitive and offensive topics. Whether it’s racism or any other divisive subject, the way we respond and manage our feelings is entirely up to us. We must recognize that our emotions are our own responsibility, and it’s our duty to handle them with maturity and self-control.

In our diverse world, we are bound to encounter opinions that challenge and upset us. But rather than reacting impulsively or becoming consumed by anger, we have the power to choose a more balanced and thoughtful response. We must strive to maintain respect for others’ perspectives, even if we vehemently disagree with them. It is through open dialogue and understanding that progress can be made.

It’s important to remember that we are not oppressed by someone else’s words or beliefs. We are only affected by them if we allow ourselves to be. By recognizing our own agency in managing our emotions, we can rise above the negativity and choose a path of growth and understanding.

In this journey, we must allow all voices to be heard, even those we find offensive. We can engage in constructive discussions, challenge harmful ideas, and promote positive change. The truth will always prevail, and by remaining grounded in our own values and principles, we can contribute to a more enlightened and compassionate world.  

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About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.