As I reflect back on my 20s I am amazed at what an incredible decade it has been. I have achieved so many of the things I had sought out to do, and with that, I feel incredibly blessed and grateful for my life. We all have moments where we let little things affect our mood and outlook on a given day and I am no exception to that; however, I have tried my best to live my life full of gratitude and compassion.
Empathy is defined as the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions.
In today’s society, I find that we are all so wrapped up in our own little worlds that we are not always aware of another person’s struggles. It is difficult for some to even consider how a person other than his/her self might feel in a given situation. Take for example the image above, a quote from the movie Tropic Thunder, is meant to be humorous and funny but people forget the negative connotation behind such a term.
Without her even knowing, my sister, who is also a Korean adoptee, taught me so much about being empathetic. Growing up, my siblings and I were all dealing with being different in our own ways. We all felt the ridicule, at times, and the constant struggle to fit in with our peers was practically a full time job. Looking Asian in a white world was like living with a sign on your forehead that you were an outsider; especially to other kids.