Over the past few weeks I ended up spending long periods of time in close proximity with people with radically different value systems than my own. Conversations and events, not all of them pleasant, placed my beliefs and priorities in stark contrast with theirs. Some moments had me questioning long cherished notions. It forced me to do some soul searching and isolate the non-negotiables in my life. Articulating the values and principles that drive my choices has helped bring about a sense of acceptance and quiet confidence. This is who I am and I am okay with it. My path might not be for everyone but it is mine and so long as I am guided by my values I will be content with wherever it takes me.