Have you ever stumbled upon something that is completed but you can’t help but make little changes here and there to make it better? You spend hours trying to perfect it yet somehow you always find that you can do more. Satisfaction, something that you just can’t get. What exactly are you doing? Overdoing it that is.
After many wonderful discussions with the young people I encounter every day, I realized that there needs to be more attention paid to the ‘selfs’ (self-esteem, self-confidence, self-image, self-respect, etc.).
These are crucial in a young person’s development and are the base of who they choose to become. Kids aren’t born with ‘selfs’. They are learned.
Last week, I was going through an old playlist of mine and came across the song ‘Mama’ by the Spice Girls. In less than three minutes, I had transferred the link over to my mother, not saying a word. Less than 10 minutes later, I get a text saying ‘great job. You made me cry at work!’ While the sarcasm was there, along with the joking, I knew that the song moved her. The lyrics say so much about everything, any moment, a daughter has with their mother.
The subject of intolerance has been one that I have connected to deeply since I was a child. And I have come to the conclusion that inclusiveness is the only way to combat this type of hate. It is the sense of divisiveness in our society that is a problem not the congregation of culture. Community is where we lean, not where we should fear violence from extremism.
One thing that I am grateful for is my ability to write. I feel blessed with a gift that allows me to make sense of the world around me while communicating that journey to others. I work on my craft daily so as to flex my writing abilities like you would a muscle at the gym. I have nurtured my writing since I was a child, at one point literally studying a rhyming dictionary (I loved that book!).