Today has been a struggle. I’ve been in class all day, there’ve been great expectations and I didn’t slep well last night. So when I remembered I had a blog to write about being thankful, I was quite the grumpus. Why should I be thankful for being exhausted and stressed and busy? What do I have to be thankful for today?
And the answer came in the form of homework: diversity.
I study it, as a major and also as a human. I love finding differences and similarities, especially in opinions. But what makes me even happier is the very existence of differences.
I’m a white girl, you can tell it’s me by my Starbucks and messy bun. I live in a college town, so what are you gonna do? But I am much more than my label. I’m a first gen college student (in direct family) and I got married young (which seemed to be a scandal for most people). I graduated as Salutatorian in my high school (with a GPA of 3.98) and the quickest way to my heart is kittens (or coffee. or good food.) But that is just my perspective.
What about the middle aged single mother from Korea whose father was a prisoner tho his own government? (My husband met her today.)
What about the young man who plays football for the college and shares the same major as me?
What about the family with six children, where both parents work?
What about the people who live in Siberia? Kenya? Spain? Australia?
What about people with physical impairments? Geniuses?
The poor? The rich?
I am always humbled by the way my views seem so grand when I have them, but when I look at all the other possibilities, I am a single drop in the ocean. And that is wonderful.
One drop raises the sea. I hope I can be that drop. And I want to give that chance to other drops too!