A line that I often use as a sort of tagline for my life and how I try to live my life is “Don’t hate, Caffeinated!” This phase not only explains my love for coffee, but also includes how much an inclusive and accepting culture is a part of my life mission.
Through my Interpersonal Communication class I am taking this semester, we have discussed how to be a good communicator. We have talked about stereotypes, labels, the common rules of socializing within certain groups. Through these class discussions we have talked about how important it is to look beyond labels and societal norms of communication and interaction with new people.
I believe this class should be a required course for all people in life. The class has addressed how simply choosing gender neutral pronouns can make an interaction extremely less painful for some. We have learned that if you accept the idea that feelings are facts, and should not be put down or convinced out of, then people will feel much more supported and accepted within a community as well as many other life tips to help others out.
Although most of what we cover in class I have already known, or just done. I don’t think I have ever consciously contemplated how I behave, or why I follow these guidelines for life. I may have just been drilled at a young age by my extremely accepting and caring mother, or my strictly kind father that people are some of the most important assets in life. That you should care and help all people as much as you would care and help yourself.
Individuals are what makes up our world today. Not groups of people, not stereotypes, not societal norms or expectations, not political parties or affiliations, just individuals. I think individuality is one of the most under appreciated aspect of our world today. You always hear as a child “just be yourself!” but the second you step outside of a social norm, you are shunned or shamed or questioned. This should not be the case!
Today while doing my nightly scroll through Ted talks for inspiration, I stumbled upon one that really struck me. Through a series of stories, Ash Beckham talks about the idea that you do not have to conform to one ideology or conform to a socially acceptable moral compass. We are all holding so many different opinions and aspects of humanity. It would be a disservice to our morality and individuality to suppress these personal ideologies and lower ourselves to stereotypical methods!
Here is the Ted Talk (highly recommend you watch it for yourself)
My favorite quote of the video: “United by our similarities, not separated by our differences”
So, summary of the point I’m trying to make: Individuality is import, stand up for what you believe is right, be inclusive of all individuals and above all else, DRINK MORE COFFEE!
Have a good weekend everyone 🙂