Woo-hoo, it’s August first, which means we’re kicking off the different perspective theme read! I’ve fallen a little behind on my game with this one, but I still think it’s important, so two things: One, sorry for not being more on top of things, and two, thanks for reading. (P.S.–I replied to all emails I had about potential guest post ideas in my inbox, so if I didn’t reply, it might have got lost in the shuffle. Feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Because this whole thing happened way faster than I thought, and June & July flew by, I thought about not doing the theme read at all. But I think reading perspectives vastly different than on our is important. So even if it’s just me & a few other people actually participating, I think it’s SO, SO important that we engage critically with all the perspectives around us. Because if not in books, then where?
I’m sure others have different experiences, but I grew up in a small town with people who, at least on the surface, were very similar to me. All my friends were the same ethnicity & race as me. They were all the same religion. All from relatively the same socioeconomic background. It took until COLLEGE for me to actually met, in person, someone whose background was so vastly different than my own.
I’m glad I met those people when I did. I’m glad I learned to make friends with people who were so different from me, because it really has widened my horizons and help me learn the complexities of life better. Yet, I can’t help but to think it could have been better if I had encountered those different perspectives sooner.
Since about my Junior year in college, I’ve actively sought out people who are different from me. I like to listen to people’s stories. And, well, isn’t that what a book, fiction or not, is? So different perspectives, here we come.