Aloha, my friends!
Me and the family are currently soaking up some much needed relaxation in Hawaii (first time!) and getting mentally prepared for first-time parenthood. Exciting stuff.
While I’ll most likely be found completely zoned out on a beach somewhere, I wanted to share some thoughts that I jotted down a few days ago regarding each of our stories and empathy. Now, I know I’ve written briefly about empathy before and it will most like be a recurring theme in my writing – only because we are in absolute need of it in great supply these days.
When I was a freshman in high school, my English teacher sparked an advanced level of passion for reading, learning and critical thinking at an important time in my life. Even though I was already a bookworm throughout most of my childhood, her insistence on looking at the bigger picture and seeing the common thread powered much of my current sense of creativity and empathy.
Every book she suggested for my expanding habit had a character whose story was so much more than what you initially read at face value. And for some reason, I always found something in common with my own life.
This changed my perspective in so many ways: everyone has a story. Most likely a bit of your own. Use that to make things better. As you build the future of public health, remember that whatever you are growing or starting, align it with helping someone solve a problem. Understanding someone else’s story will provide so much more insight than anything else.
Thanks Mrs. Gill.