Since becoming the editor of the Chronicle, I have realized that I love meeting the many interesting people in the county, and then writing about them.
There is one major drawback as an editor though…it attracts attention.
For some people, this wouldn’t be a big deal because they do not mind the controversy and being in the limelight. I am not that person because I am an introvert, which makes being an editor pretty interesting.
As an introvert, writing a column every week has been a roller coaster. It is like writing in a personal diary every week and then publishing it for the world to see and judge.
It has been hard for me to open up about some of my more personal moments and let everyone see into my life and thoughts.
For a long time, I considered being introverted as one of my weaknesses because it is what stopped me from having conversations with people and kept me at home instead of going out.
Being introverted is one of many ways that I am different than the person standing next to me.
Being different is hard for anyone because we always want to fit in. We spend our lives living with people that are ultimately just like us, and typically stay away from people that are different.
We often forget that having differences is what makes our society great and is what we strive for as a culture. Being different is why we as a country have accomplished such great feats like landing on the moon.
We are lucky here in America. There are parts of this world where people are not allowed to be different, where they are not allowed to be who they are. There are several parts of the world where people are persecuted for the religion that they practice or for being too different.
It is when tragedy strikes over differences, like what happened this weekend in Charlottesville, Va., that makes being persecuted over being different hit home.
As evidenced by the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the recent mosque bombing in Bloomington, Minn. and many other tragedies, sadly this latest tragedy is not the first in the U.S. and probably won’t be the last.
I am a strong believer that people should be allowed to be whoever they want to be and that it is our responsibility to better understand the person on the other side and to understand their point of view.
I have been watching a show called I am Jazz. It details a girl who is transgender named Jazz. The show talks about how she transitioned to being a girl at a young age and how she is today advocating for people who are transgender all over the world.
As I have watched the show, I have learned a lot about what it means to be transgender and why some people choose to make this decision.
I am constantly amazed at how resilient Jazz is and the things that she has to put up with. I don’t know how I would handle the situations she is put in on a daily basis.
The show also discusses the number of transgender individuals that are murdered every year for being transgender…for being different.
Even though there are all of these challenges, Jazz continues to push on and be an advocate. She continues to try and teach people to be accepting of people’s differences, no matter what their differences are.
By comparison, being an introvert will probably never put me in danger, but whether you are introverted or transgender, we all are different and we shouldn’t run from the other side. We should not let who we are stop us from understanding all of the points of view.
It is hard for me to talk with someone that is outgoing, just like it is hard for some people to talk to someone who is transgender.
Even though it is hard, we still need to experience these differences. We still need to expose ourselves to the other side so we can get a taste of what it is like and better understand their challenges. Through better understanding, we can begin to understand why they believe what they believe.
When we do this, we can begin to have empathy, which is a fancy word for understanding the feelings of others. Only then can we heal our differences.