Change is hard, particularly when one is talented, educated, highly skilled and hard-headed. One tends to blame others for failure, but when you look in the mirror all you see is yourself.
As you get older, you try to make sense of your life and the world around you, often defined by ignorance, discrimination and intolerance--based on race, gender, lifestyle or religion--wars, death, even greed. Sometimes the only thing that makes sense is to live your life in a manner that allows inclusiveness towards yourself and others. This is something that I strive to achieve. I am not proud of many aspects of my life but I never stop trying to improve. Therein lies the foundation for growth.
The process of change is never easy. One has to learn to be honest with oneself before one can be the same with others. Growth is also about humility, care, the ability and desire to move forward in life despite mind-numbing setbacks.
For me this meant finding humility and the ability to be more inclusive through art, music, writing and sharing varied experiences, ideas and dreams with others, hoping they would do the same with me.
I'd like to hear from people who feel misunderstood or on the fringe of so-called social norms, yet strongly believe change, idealism and inclusiveness is necessary and are intrinsic facts of life.