Allow Yourself to See the World From a New Perspective
In our world today many people selfishly or arrogantly choose to see the world from one point of view…their own. This does not allow growth in our society and can ultimately be very damaging.
I have made a list of recourses anyone can use to learn to change their perspective:
The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:
Chimamanda is a powerful speaker. I watched her Ted Talk and was completely inspired by everything she said. She grew up in Nigeria and in her young adult life moved to America. She faced a lot of biased because she was not from America. The people she met had a single perspective of what life was like outside of the United States. It is common for people to learn something and file it in their brain as fact and the only right thing. But it is important for us to remember to look outside our single perspective to gain a true understanding of the world around us.
“Girl in New York” by Role Model: Is a song about a relationship. The girls loved ones warned her that the boy she was falling for was bad news. But she she was blindsided by love. She chose to turn a overlook his character instead of seeing it from another perspective. In the end the was left heart broken.
“Stella Brown” by Jelani Aryeh: Is a song about a boy that is all in his head about a girl he likes. The line, “stella brown I don’t know what to talk about, how can I be the boy you dream about” gives the audience a glimpse into his mind. At the end of the song we find out that the girl liked him the whole time. The boy used so much energy worrying about what she was thinking. If he had looked at it from a different perspective he would have had more confidence in the relationship.
Regaining Perspective by Emma Chamberlin: In this podcast Emma opens up about her struggles with anxiety. She urges her audience when they are overthinking to first take a step back. Then put themselves in a headspace that will allow them to process your feelings. After you do that they will be able to see a new perspective.
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald: The main character Jay Gatsby met Daisy in the their younger years. They were in love but Daisy was engaged to another man. This man was appealing to Daisy’s family because he was wealthy. Gatsby spent his whole life working to earn as much money as he could. He felt that once he had money Daisy would leave her husband. But Jay failed to see this from a different perspective. Daisy was not just going to leave her husband for him. She had spent many years with her husband and was pregnant. Leaving him was more complicated than when they were young.
“Richard Cory” by Arlington Robinson: Richard Cory seemed to be living a picture perfect life. Everyone in his town wanted to be like him. They did not know, that no matter how good his life looked on the outside, he was struggling. He ended up taking his life. The townspeople had a single perspective of Richards life.
Soul Surfer has always been one of my favorite movies. Whenever I hear the word “perspective” I think of this scene.
Media plays a big role in perspective. It teaches us how we can apply perspective in our own lives. After reading, watchin, and listening to this list I was able to see a shift of perspective in my own life.
EVIT friendships: I come from a community where no one really wants for anything and life is pretty easy. I decided to join a program at EVIT my junior year. EVIT is twenty-one miles away from my home. Being in EVIT has opened my eyes to many perspectives. EVIT students come from diverse backgrounds including a wide range of economic conditions, most of which are quite humble. I have grown close to my EVIT friends. I have learned about different religions, holidays, traditions, and also, extensive hardships. Many of these students are carrying a significant burden, helping to pay family bills, tending to siblings, and managing households. EVIT is an opportunity for them to explore career options they may otherwise not have the opportunity to pursue. Becoming an EVIT student has helped me to grow in ways I never thought possible, with academic success and greater humanity.
Therapy: This past year I have struggled with PTSD and anxiety from car accidents that I have been involved in. I felt hopeless and honestly saw no end in sight. That was until I started regularly meeting with a therapist. I have a hard time staying calm while driving. The only thing that has really allowed me to control my anxious thoughts enough to drive are mantras. I have two that I think about regularly. The first one is “I choose to trust myself and others” the second one is “I choose to let things be ok and know I will be ok”. These mantras have in no way cured my fear of driving but they have allowed me to reshape my thinking. It does not mean I will never get in a car accident, it just means that everything will workout how it is supposed to. I constantly find myself repeating these mantras not only while in a car, but when I am stressed about a math test. Remembering that it will all work out has been a game changer in my life.
In closing books, movies, music, and our own life experience give us the tools to see things from a different perspective. After going through this unit I have learned why it is so important for me to be aware of different perspectives. Now that I know how important it is to see things from all sides it is my part to do so. If people all over the world learned this, I think there would be a lot less contention. Disagreements occur when people refuse to see the other side to the story. So I think this is an important lesson for everyone to learn.