Daily Prompt 3/24/23

Daily writing prompt
What’s something most people don’t understand?

Oh, there are so many things to choose from, but I’m going to go with something that I think is almost universally applicable:

Most people don’t understand a damn thing about anything until it actually happens to them. People without anxiety don’t understand how hard it is to live with anxiety and how saying things like “Calm down” does not help. People who are right-handed don’t understand how hard it is to be left-handed. People who are not LGBTQIA+ don’t understand what it’s like.

And the crazy part? You can’t blame someone for not completely understanding what it’s like if they haven’t experienced it themselves or through a close friend or family member. Which is why it is important for us as humans to stop doing what we do-which is to talk at people-and just listen. Listen to people who aren’t like you and have an entirely different set of life experiences. And instead of rushing to put your (unrequested and unwelcome) spin on THEIR life, let them tell you what it’s like.

I have learned so much about things I know nothing about personally just from listening to other people share their life experiences. I think we owe that to each other.

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