"I believe that we as a society are in an awkward transitional phase. We don't necessarily process our emotions in a healthy way and we don't know how to properly and genuinely communicate with each other. Our youth are the most socially anxious we've ever been. Mature and open discourse feels unwelcome or discouraged. For many of us, our beliefs stem off what we feel instead off any foundational and concrete information. We're trapped between our respect for the traditional and our wanting to challenge and free ourselves from any and all traditional boundaries. We tend to lack understanding, self-awareness, and genuine empathy.
I want to encourage the people around me to intentionally step outside of themselves. That could mean different things to everyone. It could be disconnecting completely from social media and the anxieties that come with it. It could be intentionally interacting and building relationships with others who don't necessarily agree with their perspectives and opinions and listening to them with empathy, listening to understand. It could be parting with relationships or situations that are toxic to them and pouring into constructive ones. It's character building, eye-opening and healing to step outside ourselves often."