When was the last time you said “that is just my opinion? ” Was it necessary to label a thought as simply your own? Do you still feel that way now?*
Hmm. The last time I used the phrase “that is just my opinion” was today. A friend of mine and I were having a discussion and he asked for my input on his situation. Before I opened my mouth and released the floodgates, I first said, “It’s just my opinion, but…” Then I let him have it.
I never think about why I bother to tag that phrase to any statements I make. If I offer an opinion, it’s just that: my opinion. You don’t have to agree with it. Hell, you don’t even have to like it. But I suppose in a way saying “that is just my opinion” or any variation of the phrase is just a way for me to let you know that my perspective is not fact and should not be taken as such. Of course, you can choose to do so the same way you can choose to accept someone’s advice. That’s on you. But at the end of the day, many of us are not experts. The most we can do is say what we think. If possible we could back up our opinions with facts, but then it wouldn’t necessarily be an opinion anymore, would it?
Do I still feel that way? Well, since I’m actively using the phrase, I guess so. A more appropriate question may be “Will I always feel that way?” and the truth is, probably.
*Prompt created by HarsH ReaLiTy