Whether it’s trying to find the hope in a demoralizing situation or the truth hidden behind all of the political drivel, the struggle to understand human behavior can leave you staring into an emotional abyss. It can leave you crying out for honesty and authenticity. Like many, my life is compartmentalized. While navigating the different contexts, I’ve encountered people who left me with a number of questions that I don’t think they want to answer. In some cases, they can’t answer because they don’t understand themselves well enough to explore their own motivations and choices. Other times, people don’t think they’re obligated to explain what they’ve done out of sheer arrogance. Some even opt for outright denial. Whenever someone’s actions make me feel uncomfortable, I remind myself of the following: I know who I am. I want to walk the fine line between being naive and jaded because I believe that our experiences should inform, not distort, the way we perceive the world around us. Now, this becomes increasingly difficult when a person accrues disappointments. Here I find that reframing the way you think helps you avert despair so you can rebuild from the ground up.
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