White H&M T-Shirt || Freda Black Skirt thrifted at Double Take || Paisley Jacket thrifted || Shoes from Zellers || Pearl Earrings from Purple Jade || Bracelets from Primark in Amsterdam and gifts from my sister
I've been thinking a lot about 'respect' lately. So much of how we interpret respect is subjective. Someone might think their own behaviour is harmless, while to another might find it deeply disrespectful. It's a tough thing to negotiate in friendships and relationships - because what if you have fundamentally different understandings of what is respectful behaviour? What if one friend finds teasing and joking around as playful forms of affection, but the recipient is hurt each time? What if you ask someone to do something repeatedly, and they say they will, but they never do? Is it no big deal? Or is that mistreating the friend? For me, the act of responding to someone is a big part of being respectful.. If you email me, I email you back. I try to return phone calls promptly. I respond to invitations. If people ask me questions, I try to give them helpful answers. But at the same time, I'm sure my sarcasm and big mouth make me seem disrespectful, even if my intentions are good. These are tough things to negotiate, and I guess all people and organizations are constantly trying to figure out how to be respectful.
Oh Aretha, help us understand.
~ Photos by Chris ~