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Imagine People Complexly

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I was watching a Vlogbrothers video on YouTube (for those who don’t know, the Vlogbrothers channel is run by John and Hank Green wherein they cover many humorous and insightful topics such as Baby On The Road and The Five Worst Places To Vomit) when John Green spoke of imagining others complexly. It was then that I realized that the reason I started this blog was because of the general failure of others to imagine me, a disabled person, complexly. This isn’t an uncommon problem, and it doesn’t just happen to people like me. Rather, it is part of the human condition.

Today, May 1st, marks the beginning of ALS Awareness Month 2K15. This month I want to challenge you to look beyond first impressions and think of what other people are feeling. Go beyond your human-ness. Consider that other human lives are also filled with deadlines, and communications, responsibilities, circumstances, relationships, stressors, cravings, needs, loves, joys, happenings and so on. Complexities. Imagine others complexly. Especially when it is hard to do so. You may find that in imagining others complexly, you let go of judgements. Not only of others but of yourself.

Love and smiles,


P.S. If you are interested, you can get “Imagine Me Complexly” button.

One thought on “Imagine People Complexly

  1. If there was a “How to Be a Decent Human Being” book, this topic would have its own chapter. Each person’s journey is completely unique. Comparisons and judgements are completely useless (and harmful). Thank you for reminding us all of the important action of “imagining others complexly”.

    Love you girl!

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