opening my mind

my whole life, i rejected and felt no interest in learning about other cultures, because as an immigrant what i cared most about was fitting into mainstream america. safety and security lay in definitions and cultural barriers. now that i’m seeing the maladaptiveness of this mindset, i am striving to learn instead not how to be a specific kind of person but simply to learn what and who the world is made up of and in doing so learn what it means to be a person. instead of looking for the right or wrong way, what fits and what does, i’d like to learn to just be.

honest toddler, february 2013