Imagine images in your mind That Inspire you to go after your goals.
Take the time to do the things you love everyday. You need it for yourself.
If you are someone who overly cares about what people think, take this to heart: you never know what people think about you. When your walking down the street, how do you know that people in their cars are not pointing and laughing at you for whatever reason?
Moral of of the story is: live your life as you enjoy. Don’t care so much, or even at all, what other people think. Where those crazy clothes, travel to far away lands, spend all day napping, and go after your goals, even if people tell you you’re crazy. In the end, you will be happy that you lived your life, and not someone else’s vision of your life.
Cultural appropriation warriors: those whom are against the practice of cultural appropriation and feel anything that involves their culture should not escape their own inner circle. Recently, there were particular dances and genres of music that were inherent to people of African American culture, that created a fire storm among some of the individuals who felt that it should never leave their own cultural practices. Meaning, people of different races should not use these particular art forms in their own work.
While I can understand being upset if something from your own culture is being disrespected and made a mockery of, the notion that no one outside of one’s own race has the right to it, is simply ignorant and short-sighted. How far will we take this? Should I be upset that yoga, which is inherent to my own home country of India, has been adopted by non Indian people and has become a worldwide phenomenon? As I travel the world, can I not enjoy the multitude of culinary flavors? Can I not learn to cook foods of other countries? If I am watching a traditional dance of a distinct culture, may I not choose to take interest and learn it myself? Should I never travel? Should I never teach anyone about my own culture?
When we think of particular cultural practices, while they are often associated with a particular race or ethnicity, there is no hard line definition that it cannot be taken out of some imaginary box we put it in. In doing so, we limit the amalgamation of ours and other people’s cultures and don’t allow them to create a beautiful melting pot. We don’t allow diversity to flourish.
Why must we also paint ourselves and others into some preconceived portrait depicting a set stereotype. While I understand that stereotypes exist and are often true, automatically placing them on people we often don’t even know is ludicrous. We hear statements like: this person does not act black enough, not Asian enough, not Hispanic enough. I, myself, have been told that I don’t act like an Indian guy and should do so. Sorry that I don’t clasp my hands together, bow my head and speak in an Indian accent while wearing traditional garb and some sort of head dress. Surprise! Not actually sorry.
What does it even mean when telling someone that they don’t act like their race? A person is supposed to act a certain way based on their race? How about we simply act like the people we are on the inside and not base it on the color of our skin or where we came from? That sounds pretty good to me.
The people who place all of us into our own bubbles like this are the true dividers in this world. They create strife, create hatred and create problems where they don’t need to exist. If you feel this way; if you are against cultural appropriation, then just go back into your own solitude and isolate yourself from the rest of us as we continue to love, embrace and spread all of our cultures around the world. If you believe this is a problem, then you are the problem.
How many of you are so worried about the future that you forget to enjoy your present moment. Planning for the future is one thing, living in it is another. Live in the present.
Ultimately, right is right and wrong is wrong whether everybody, or nobody is doing it.
I understand stereotypes exist. I also understand that many people’s lives mirror these particular stereotypes. Nothing wrong with that. What I have a problem with is that people feel the need to beholden people to these stereotypes. People don’t allow others out of their stereotypes in there own minds. They try to not let others live in their own realities.
My full name is Ankit Shukla. I have been a RN for over six years. I am pursuing my dream of motivational speaking. I speak of the better life because we can all have a better life. I would love to help you!