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Chris is a gamer and writes about it on his blog. A lot. I’m not a gamer, so I don’t care. So in essence, I have to “put up with” Chris’ writing about gaming.
Tyler likes to rant on his blog. A lot. I don’t have the same passions as he does, so I don’t care. So in essence, I have to “put up with” Tyler’s ranting on issues that aren’t important to me.
Teel loves to post long-winded personal exposes on his blog. A lot. As I only want to see where he’s at with his latest project, I don’t care about those posts. So in essence, I have to “put up with” super long posts just to get what I want.
But here’s the bottom line: I don’t tell them about what I don’t like. The last thing I want is for them only to be, do and write the things I like 100% of the time. That’s… boring. In reality, I’m not “putting up with” any of it from any of them. I’m letting them be who they are. Who they want to be. Occasionally — often, in fact — what they want and what I want align perfectly. And I quickly forget all those other things I didn’t care about before.
In the immortal words of Billy Joel:
Don’t go changing, to try and please me,
You never let me down before,
Don’t imagine, you’re too familiar,
And I don’t see you anymore.
I would not leave you, in times of trouble,
We never could have come this far,
I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times,
I’ll take you just the way you are.