I want to let it be known that this is a place where we should all come together to be supportive of one another in our respective hair journeys, whether or not we support (or understand) each others’ life paths. This could be a fabulous opportunity to learn from one another, provided we maintain respect for each other’s boundaries.
That goes both ways, y’all. No preachy stuff, but in exchange, give folks space if it seems like they need it; they’ll come around in their own time or they won’t – that’s their right.
I’ve always been under the impression that the best way to foster compassion is to show people just how loving and caring you are instead of just focusing on all the things you disagree about. You have hopes, dreams, and people in your life you care very deeply about. You’re a complete package, and by sharing these parts of yourself in casual encounters, the commonalities between you and those you think you have so little in common with become much more difficult to ignore!
I feel like we can love each other and suspend judgement . . . and make this about helping each other feel our best during the times in our lives when we may physically and emotionally feel our worst. We can lift each other up to help each other feel our most beautiful. How cool is that? :)