facing adversity|kendra shiloh

In an era of social justice warriors and constant policing of the internet, we tend to get caught up in making sure everyone else is doing the right thing. But where do we leave room for personal growth and confronting our own faults?

As a society, we define each other by the adversities we face. For example, we see a handicapped teen as “the girl in a wheelchair” and not for her talents. We see the fact that she’s handicapped as her most defining feature, and don’t think anything of it.

I think everyone is guilty of this, including myself. We subconsciously judge others; it’s part of human nature. But this doesn’t mean we should just accept this. 

When we are faced with adversity, we should celebrate our differences. This doesn’t mean throw a party with “yay you’re a minority!” And “wooo!!! we love religion!” signs. It means to acknowledge, respect, and then look past our differences to connect with one another on a much deeper level.

By bettering yourself, you are doing your part in changing the world around you. If we all shared this mentality, the world would be a much different place today.

-kendra shiloh


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