I mean, I know that obviously there are a few people who assume I am.
But I think they might be wrong.
I also don't think I'm the smartest person in the room. In any room ever. If I am in a room with only myself and my sister's cat, I'd bet that the cat is smarter than I am.
|This is Kitty. She is regal|
I have a high school education and I like to read a lot. If I want to know more about something, I learn about it. Researching is still cool, right? I have more than a few years experience in a pizza restaurant, telling teenagers (and the occasional person older than me) what to do. None of this leads me to believe that I'm going to go down in history as a great thinker.
|This is me. I am not regal.|
But guess what? Still doesn't make me an idiot.
In fact, I have this theory that if we treated those around us with the kind of respect that suggest we assume they're intelligent and of worth, they would rise to the occasion. I don't see anything wrong with assuming the group or individual I am speaking to, not only understands me, but probably has something to offer to the conversation. Something I haven't thought of yet. Something new I can learn.
So I really, really hate it when people treat me like less then they are. Not my sister's cat. I've come to expect that from Kitty, we have an understanding. I don't enter her personal space and she lets me live.
Every time I get ignored and made to feel less than I am, I try to learn from it. I try to make sure I take the next person who comes at me seriously. I don't ignore them. I would hate to make someone else feel like they were less than they are.
People are important. They should be treated that way.