I’ve lived almost 68 years full of varied and interesting experiences with people of many different races, cultures, and religions, which I feel gives me a broad understanding of a large sampling of people’s attitudes, lives and feelings about life.
Through traveling I’ve met other people of different cultures from Mexico, Canada, Germany and Switzerland. Traveling is a mind expanding experience.
I’ve traveled to Pittsburgh, towns all over North and South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, some in Texas, Missouri, Idaho, Colorado, Virginia, and a few other states. Not everyone believes, lives, eats, speaks or even thinks about life the same way as everyone else does.
A heart warming revelation I know is that all people need and want most of the same things: love, acceptance, companionship, a safe place to call home for themselves and their children and money enough to live and enjoy life.
My homes have been at the foothills of mountains in Greenville, SC; to the flat lands of New Orleans, LA; to rural Columbus, Mississippi; and finally the foothills and flat lands of North Carolina. So I have experienced lifestyles across the southern states. From rural towns to big cities, and met even more people of different cultures and belief systems.
As a retired nurse I cared for Asian, Native American, Korean, Hispanic, Latino, Indian, and African American people. Each with differing religions, languages, cultures, or sexual preferences. I am proud to say I cared for them without prejudice and with sincere compassion.
Through caring for patients in various stages of life, conditions of health, from surgical, chemotherapy, pediatric, obstetric, to Intensive and Coronary Care patients and finally heart patients on a telemetry unit; I learned about people and how they and their families cope with sickness, disability, death, and more financial stress than most of us could imagine.
My own financial experiences have ranged from poor to adequate income with some savings to Social Security and Retirement Funds. I know what it is like to have second hand clothes and live in an old house with a floor furnace to stand on when coming in from the cold. I lived in apartments and co-owned two houses. I also lived in the back room with my husband at his parents home for a year. I now live in a condominium. So I have lived in different situations and know what they are like.
Most of us have felt or will feel loss, sadness, pain, fear, anxiety, denial, helplessness, strength, love, inspiration, hope and the range of other emotions we all have experienced.
Since we are all human beings we have shared many common basic experiences of love, marriage, having the responsibilities and joys of having a family. We have all wanted more money, more possessions, better health, safety for our loved ones and ourselves.
To sum it all up, everyone on this planet has experienced most of the same feelings. The differences come in the ways our cultures have taught us to deal with each experience. For example some see hardship as a trial, or test or learning experience; some see hardships as punishment.
“So what is this post all about?” We are all more alike than we are different. Right now during a period of so many divisive opinions in our country, please try to remember that we are all human beings with fears, joys, stress, families, friends, homes, and our own beliefs. We all have the right to believe as we choose; that is what our country was founded for. Please try to be tolerant and respectful of the opinions of others.
Please don’t pigeon hole everyone as a “Damn Liberal,” or “Damn Conservative,” or whatever. Our country is not going to come together until we can remember that we all have the right to believe and live as we choose. Many of our forefathers came here (although some were already here and some were sadly slaves) to escape religious or political persecution. Why do we want to persecute those who are different from ourselves?
Please stop to think for a minute. “Am I hating, persecuting someone due to their religious or political beliefs or am I accepting of those, who as Americans exercise their right to choose their beliefs or lifestyle, whether I think they be wrong or right or in between? They do have the freedom to choose.”
This link is to the song: “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.” https://youtu.be/GYw1aNSfZls
I do think many people make their decisions based on what their family or friends choose. But making any decisions should be done with careful research. Not just listening to the news or reading the newspaper. We should each listen to both sides of an issue, with all of its pros and cons before we make a decision. We should make educated choices and learn to give and take when appropriate.
Many years ago some countries decided that people who were not educated or were women, or Black or poor should not be allowed to vote. Let’s be thankful we do not live in those times and hopefully use our political “voice” responsibly after much research, thinking and listening to both sides. One side is not always right and the other one always wrong. That’s why we are supposed to work together to make things the best they can be.