In recent years, I have learnt that it is best to leave people to form impressions of my personality, or my attitude towards things and behaviour, without trying to make any efforts to bend myself into uncomfortable shapes to suit them. I’ve been on long journey through a vast range of experiences to reach that conclusion.
Sometimes paths I have journeyed on have crossed with the routes of others who come with their baggage full of expectations. I have found this to be very much the case when I encounter those who might share my genetic heritage.
It isn’t really my business to encourage others to become more open minded about life’s possibilities. All I can do is make the most of my personal experiences and keep on travelling on my own path. I guess there are bound to be moments that might feel like the emotional equivalent of bashing into fellow driver of a dodgem car in a fairground, but that’s part of what we can be broad minded enough to accept as a small price to pay for the benefits of living in that moment.
It seems to me that some folks from the wealthy, prosperous Western world are able to take for granted that they can glide through life, with a “take it or leave it” attitude about their dealings with others. People from less well heeled regions are more likely to feel that they have to make efforts to fit in and make others feel comfortable.
Curiosity about a wide range of cultures and having the psychological flexibility to know how to apply that knowledge as one travels through life are probably some of the best attributes a human being can possess, in my humble opinion.