Updated: Jul 12
I forget a lot of things lately, like walking into a room and not remembering why.
I used to use the mnemonic device ROY-G-BIV to help recall the colours of the rainbow. It's good to remember many things, but not everything we learn should be retained. I wonder if there is an equally effective device to help purge outdated thinking?
As a society we evolve, yet some people have trouble embracing, or even considering a change in perceptions or learned behaviours.
Like the idea there are “pink” and “blue” jobs. First off, I think gendering roles is archaic, but it is also limiting and problematic.
As a young woman, my grandmother was frustrated when told she could only be a nurse, or a teacher. As a result, her daughter, my aunt, was raised to believe she could break those barriers. She chose to be a business professional, and was recognized as a trailblazing leader.
She was happy to know I did not encounter the same obstacles she did. I was grateful she lived to see it. I believe my generation, and the generations to come will push this world to be even better. More inclusive, more tolerant, and more equal.
There is an entire spectrum out there and everyone should be free to live their own shade of life, in their own way. Nobody wants barriers in front of them—only pink or blue, nurse, or teacher, or any other forced identify, life choice, love choice, or limitation.
We don’t fit into a checked box.
There are unlimited reasons, factors, and circumstances that impact people's decisions. I certainly don’t want to be told what I can or cannot do, how to be, or how to live. If you try to control me, I’ll push back, and If you tell me I can’t, I’ll prove you wrong.
Every person should have an unobstructed path. That’s a good thing to remember.
There are plenty of things to forget. Like how to judge and hate. Let’s find a way to make people forget that.