You may have noticed i don’t capitalize “I” when i speak about me. i thought this might be a good time to explain why i never capitalize “I”.
In short – Submission at its fullest.
And before you ask, NO, i’m not being “made” to have the lower case i. This is a choice. This is my small act of service and gratitude that when i type “I”, i have to stop and think and remember my place.
i learned to type in a class in high school. And i’m now in my 40’s. So hitting the “SHIFT” key to type “I” is a natural habit of mine after all these years. But when i embraced this DD lifestyle, i wanted things to be different. i wanted change in my life. And this was my small act that causes me to stop, think, and consider how small “I” am. And how small i should be too!
Both in the world and in my home life, i am small. i don’t want to be big. i don’t to rule anything, including my house or my family. i am a Christian and we go to church (most) weeks. i believe God is the ultimate Father and then comes my husband. But frankly, to neither of God nor my husband do i want to be “BIG” so why would i have a “BIG” letter “I” if i recognize that i am small.
In the bible, Jesus declares himself as the “Great I AM”. WOW. What a statement! Absolutely none of us would think we were as big as that “I”, right?! So if Jesus/ God are first, and my husband is second, aren’t i just a lower case i?!
Now don’t misunderstand me, i’m not oppressed or forced into this lifestyle. i do this willingly, including putting the small i in my posts. In fact, my husband asks my opinion on quite a lot of things. Or maybe he doesn’t word it like “what’s your opinion on XYZ?” But he often says, “What do you think about XYZ?” Or “What time will you be home?”. Now sometimes i’d rather not even have THAT choice, but i understand he can’t possibly make EVERY-SINGLE-DECISION-EVER.
But i have no desire to be a “slave”. i think there’s some profound differences between slave and sub. While a slave is a sub, a sub is not necessarily a slave. And i believe i am a sub but not a slave. i may one day desire to be there. In fact, there are facets about it that truly turn me on and maybe as a ‘fantasy role-play’ or a ‘date night activity’ we could try it out, but i’m not entirely sure how anyone can actually live as a slave 24/7. That seems rather taxing on everyone!
So how do i exactly define the differences between the sub and the slave? Here’s my official definition – with help from Mr. Webster too 🙂 –
And speaking of Webster –
here’s the official definition of “Submissive”:
ready to conform to the authority or will of others; meekly obedient or passive.
synonyms: compliant, yielding, acquiescent, unassertive, passive, obedient, biddable, dutiful, docile, pliant;
And here is the official definition of “Slave”:
1.a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them.
synonyms: historicalserf, vassal, thrall; Morearchaicbondsman, bondswoman“the work was done by slaves” antonyms: freeman, master
a person who works very hard without proper remuneration or appreciation.“by the time I was ten, I had become her slave, doing all the housework”
synonyms: drudge, servant, lackey, minion;informalgofer“Anna was his willing slave”
a person who is excessively dependent upon or controlled by something.“the poorest people of the world are slaves to the banks”
synonyms: devotee, worshiper, adherent; Morefan, lover, aficionado;informalfanatic, freak, nut, addict“a fashion slave”
a device, or part of one, directly controlled by another.“a slave cassette deck”
an ant captured in its pupal state by an ant of another species, for which it becomes a worker.
So what’s the difference?
A submissive is “ready to conform” – WILLINGNESS
And a Slave is “forced to obey” – (Perhaps…) UNWILLING.
While i am completely aware that “Slaves” in this day an age are WILLING. BUT – i think the point here is CHOICE. And sometimes i have ‘choices’ that i want to make. A slave doesn’t really have ANY choices. Right?
So submissive gets permission, a slave isn’t even allowed to ask.
That’s why i am submissive and not the Alpha or “upper case” i, but i am me.
So what does that mean? Well, back to where i started…. The lower case letters are inferior or not as important as the capital ones. But they still have a place and participate in the process. And Upper Case Letters Start Words, Proper Names and Places, and Denote Significance. (see what i did with the upper case letters there?!).
Oh – and let’s not forget how the lower case letters always FOLLOW the upper case. So you might say that i am following I, which is obviously NOT ME.
Additionally, without a “period” at the end of the sentence followed with an upper case letter to start the next sentence, we might not completely be always aware where one sentence ends and the other begins. So while i don’t really want to ‘stand alone’ and i want to ‘not know where (my husband) ends and i start’ , but frankly, i am not as important. Right?
So if lower i is inferior to the capital I, then the capital I should be in charge and rule things. And i believe that is David, and not “i”. God (and David) can use the capital I, but i’ll chose to use the lower i. And it’s a constant reminder as i type to NOT hit the shift key first. 🙂
What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree …. feel free to give your opinions…please just disagree kindly too.
Hugs and Kisses ~