The Power Of Understanding

You see, most times I get asked “What’s being a black man like? What’s being in the navy like? What’s chasing your dreams like?” But I’ve never heard the question “What’s being different like?” I think being different for us is done in many ways through the hardships and struggles we face everyday. Some comes from Hispanics having to deal with being called an immigrant everyday. Some comes from a black person being told you don’t even know your own father, and some comes from a white person trying to prove a point that not all white people are racist. You see, I feel like we don’t understand anything about each other at times, like yeah we try but most of the time that goes in one ear and comes out the other. I feel like we don’t truly take time to try to understand the other race’s challenges and hardships that they have to face too. Like let’s be real not every black person lives in the ghetto, not every white person has money, not every Hispanic person is illegal, not every Filipino person was treated equal growing up, and not every person is the same. We all are treated different for things that at times we have no control over. We can’t help it that our families act like this, we can’t help it that we were born this color, we can’t help it that this person said this, and we can’t help the fact that we were born the way we are now. But, what we can help is how we react to things, how we choose to help people, how we choose to understand each other even with our very own differences, and how we choose to make a change not only in others but mainly in ourselves. You see, the moral of the story is this we all are here for a different reason that we are still trying to figure out. Some of us look for purpose in many different things while some of us just go with the flow. But I ask whoever you are, please do one thing and that is before you judge, before you fight, before you hate please take a minute and try to understand one another. It’s a useful tool for dealing with someone different from me. I learned it helps make things easier not only for yourself, but for other people as well.

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