If you are part of any form of social media, you have undoubtedly seen at least one or two memes of Kermit the Frog quoting something sarcastic, funny or informative…all while sipping his tea. For those of us who grew up watching television in the prime of The Muppet Show, we could have never foreseen our beloved Kermit become a bit of a poster child for social consciousness and etiquette. Yet, here we are. But, the lessons learned about Kermit and his tea are far more telling than those who share the memes may have ever considered.
First of all, I’m a tea drinker (never liked coffee). I’ve tried all different types; from the very expensive to the very frugal. I don’t like them all. When I come across someone looking for a particular taste, I’m able to direct them on what flavors and brands to consider. It is the same for what we do in our personal and professional lives. The truth is, everyone will not like or support what you do. I speak very candidly about domestic violence and sexual assault. That is what speaks to me. That is what I’m passionate about. However, I have friends, family and colleagues that have no interest in what I do and no desire to support it. It’s not that they don’t love or respect me. It’s just not their cause. It doesn’t move them. It’s not their cup of ‘tea’ so to speak. That doesn’t mean that I can’t drink my tea while you drink your coffee and we talk about (and maybe even collaborate) our mutual interests for the greater good of those that need us.
In the case of relationships, romantic or otherwise, I believe the same rules apply. Don’t force yourself to be with anyone that expresses they are not (or no longer) interested in you. It’s not worth the additional rejection. While you may not be that person’s cup of tea, always know that you are SOMEONE’S cup of tea. There is someone who will appreciate what your style and your brand. If we were all supposed to be the same, we would be. Embrace your uniqueness and connect with those who stroll down the same paths and grocery store aisles as you do.