i've been thinking a lot lately about:
how often i silently forgive others for being inconsiderate or thoughtless or abrasive because i know it's not their intention
whether i should care that people seem to expect a low level of competency from me by default and whether i should do anything about it
how i now flinch when i hear the words 'passionate' and 'ambition' and 'impact'
wouldn't it be lovely if we...
answered 'what do you do?' with what we love to do instead of what we do to pay the bills?
complimented girls by praising their character instead of their looks or their obedience?
asked each other 'how are you?' and meant it?
were (system 1) impressed by those who are kind and generous instead of those with power and status?
defined the success of a relationship by what we learned and how we grew from it rather than whether it ended?
humanized those who are different from us by default instead of only when we're called out on it?
stopped perpetuating the notion of finding our other halves / finding someone who completes us? (thank you, alanis morissette, for inspiring eleven-year-old me with the lyric: i don't wanna be your other half; i believe that one and one make two.)
put as much effort into nurturing our friendships as we do into our careers?
had kids because we want to populate the earth with compassionate and loving humans and not because it's a thing we're expected to do?
saved the world by improving our interactions with other people rather than enslaving each other to solve problems with much lower impact?