What is diversity and how does it play a role in our lives?
Let us first take a look at the meaning of diversity in the Webster Dictionary-1. the state of being diverse-variety The condition of having or including people from different ethnicities and social backgrounds
Daily Wisdom Word Meaning of Diversity-Different than that of the mainstream a person who shows a broad spectrum of personality traits
Our culture is very diverse, including many people from different cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, and personalities. You may not consider yourself to be diverse and so much like everyone else, but diversity is something to celebrate, whether it be your heritage, race, age or authenticity. Diversity is being different, and we should always be proud of being different instead of always trying to fit in with everyone else.
Diversity includes those people whose personalities are colorful, not personalities of people trying to fit in. It also includes that of being of different races. I remember when my sister went through a phase of wishing she was different than she was. She used to say, “I wish I was more like you, Samantha. You fit in everywhere you go. What she didn’t realize, was when we were in high school, I did my best to mold myself to be like the group I was around at the time copying their behaviors, ETC. I wasn’t celebrating my diversity. I was doing my best to fit in. That is never a good thing.
We all must celebrate being different, no matter what that means. You were born different from everyone else, despite how much you may try to fight it. That is what I was doing in high school. In middle school, I got tired of being made fun of for being different, which included, because I could run fast, little things like other students letting me know I “ran like a horse”. Rather than laugh it off, as most people do, I took it personally. By the end of high school, I had learned to celebrate my diversities, and although it may have cost me some friends, it made me many others.
Diversity can be embraced and embellished, or someone can do their best to hide it. Let’s talk about being Gay. If someone is Gay, I believe that they know it as young as four or five years old, and I have gathered this information by simply asking friends I know who are Gay, and they all say the same thing when I ask them “how long have they know they were Gay?” their answer is always, “for as long as I can remember, Samantha.” I never hear them say, “I woke up one morning and just decided to be.”
Diversity can be the color of your skin, and whether your African American, Caucasian, of Spanish heritage, Indian heritage, it really doesn’t matter. Other people and you are all different and have a past or history. A history to be proud of. We are all diverse and different in some way. God made us this way so we should be proud of it.