Just a spew of thoughts.
As a society, we are remarkable at shifting our lives to comply with the progress of technology and advancements in other categories.
One thing that we cannot win the race of is battling stigmas.
When I wrote Shades of Blue, I had done extensive research on selective mutism. When my eyes glanced on the basic definition of what it is, I could feel a negative thought bubbling with joy in my brain, ready to spark its synapses and fire the neurons. It wasn't until I continued to read about it and joined forums where real people suffered from selective mutism that the negative thought slowly disappeared. It wasn't until I gave my brain new information, knowledge, and awareness of the issue to minimize my ignorance in the illness. There are millions of people in the world who do not have access to the internet, in which everything is a click away. They lack the ability to minimize their stigmas, built in by beliefs given to them. Beliefs they didn't learn on their own as children. Beliefs handed down like clothes.
As the new year is approaching, one of my continuing resolutions is to minimize a stigma swimming around in my thoughts. As Thanksgiving is a days away, I started to reflect how grateful I am, because I am fortunate enough to have a roof over my head, and a body that is healthy. We take everything for granted until it is whisked away from us. And whenever we see people who are not in the same healthy condition as we are, we judge them till they are no longer humans to us.
Personal growth is so important. We undervalue its effect. People who are racists and sexists change and we don't give them enough credit for it. The fact that a person was able to get rid of the beliefs that were given to them, without having a critical thought themselves if the beliefs are correct or not. And now? They have created their own sets of beliefs, and become a person where they maximize the pleasure and acceptance of everyone around them. I say that is absolutely amazing. It could be as small as correcting yourself right when you're about to say something rude or by speaking up when someone is saying mean things. There's a saying that whenever you see someone walking around the street and a mean thought pops in your brain, and you hear yourself saying oh no that's mean, don't say that. Well, that's the person you truly are, correcting yourself. The mean thoughts are what society's stereotypes have deeply ingrained inside of you. And the second you start correcting yourself, that's when your true identity and humanity shines through. I thought it was a lovely quote and how true it is.
Anyway, I'm thankful for those moments where we correct our behavior to help us become better people.
What are you thankful for?