Today, I let someone's bitterness and negativity affect me. I normally can vent, get it out, and move on, but what this person said to me actually made me angry.
That being said, I'm a very emotional person. I vent to my close friends and my husband, then I feel better. I process out loud. I'm not big on crying, because it usually never gets to that point. I very nearly went off on someone for being disrespectful and hateful regarding something I am very passionate about. But I didn't. I shut my mouth, turned off my computer, and went to bed.
I learned something tonight.
I am the only one who has a hand on my happiness. I choose to be happy. People don't make me happy, my circumstances don't make me happy. I am happy because I choose to be.
Some days, it is hard to remember that I am happy. I let the noise, the pollution, the funk into my head and it's hard to drive it out. That's what happened today. I let someone else's ageism and ignorance get past my filter. I let it in. That was my mistake.
BUT I am a wise 23, almost 24 year old. I know that what this person said had NOTHING to do with me. This person projected their issues onto me, disregarding my education on the subject, ignoring the wisdom of a younger person, refusing to recognize an educated opinion supported by science because it did not mesh with what the media has taught said person.
I did some yoga, controlled my breathing, and recentered myself- sans the funk.
Update: I've since seen this person and didn't even feel uncomfortable around them. People only influence you if you let them, so I encourage you to be firm in what you believe, filter out the noise, and don't ever let anyone undermine your passions and convictions.