Have you ever stopped to think how life would be if we were all the same? How truly, utterly, and unremarkable life would be if we all looked alike, dressed alike, spoke alike, and lived alike?
I’ve often thought about the differences between myself and those around me. I couldn’t imagine my life without these different people in it. I am surrounded by people with different skin colors, hair textures, personality traits, and styles of dress. Yet, despite all these obvious differences on the outside these are people who understand me better than most. Better than people who resemble me in almost every way.
It often amazes me how people can still judge others by their outward appearance in this day and age. Stereotypes are for the mundane and boring. They are for those who refuse to explore the world outside of their imaginary box. It’s imaginary because there is no way that anyone can exist in a bubble in this world. Not anymore. We are no longer segregated by race alone. The melting pot grows more and more as time passes. I say embrace it or continue to be left behind in a continuous state of denial. Our differences are beautiful. They are beautiful because they are our truly unique gifts from God and heaven above. We are miracles and we are miraculous. How can we deny one another when we know this?
Stop the hatred and the violence. Stop the racism, misogyny, and homophobia. This world does not revolve around you and was not made for you. It was made for everyone and it is up to all of us to make the best of it. Embrace the differences of those around you and enjoy the change they offer you. It may just be one of the greatest pleasures and joy of your life if you can allow it to be.