Picture this. You are sitting at a table filled with relatives when a relative begins telling a loudly inappropriate story that you would rather not hear. You glance around to see if anyone else feels the same way and mostly everyone is wildly entertained. Thinking to yourself, why don't I just go along with this and pretend like I'm entertained, you decide that finally in your adult life, you don't have to pretend. You are now at an age where you can express your opinion, and you may or may not care how others may think of you afterwards. Respect is important and handling the situation appropriately is important, but staying truthful to you is also mostly important. By the way, this is just an example, I'm not saying this exact situation happened to me. :)
Have you been in a situation like this before? It's interesting. This year I'll be turning the older age of 27 (did I really just say that?!) and I'm beginning to feel, well, really old. Like me, you may begin to realize without a shadow of a doubt that you are inching your way up to thirty. And along with thirty, you finally begin to realize that you are an adult. You are making your own decisions. You have formed your own beliefs. Living your life the way you believe and think is finally more important than pleasing your family, friends or loved ones.
For most of my life I let what others said about me define me. I let what my family members said about me define me. I wasn't letting God and me define me. Do you know how important that is?! To reach inside of yourself and discover who you are?! Vastly important. Hugely important. Some people never grow up. Some adults never grow up. I've realized this about some family members lately. I may not support everyone's decisions, but it doesn't mean I love anyone less. It just means I am an adult and I care what I think of me. I shouldn't care of what others think of me.