Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Specialized Knowledge

One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.
~Shannon L. Alder

photo by Jack Wallsten

Kao Kalia Yang makes an interesting point about how our experiences give us specialized knowledge that can help others:

I am learning now about what the things we go through, we survive, do to us and our relationships with others, how they shape and change who we are and how we can be — give us specialized knowledge, insights, experiences that we can share when the loneliness of a personal experience is too much to bear.

Going through hardships gives us strength in the places we’d never thought to develop, spaces we didn’t know we’d occupy, room to reach beyond ourselves, toward others who are where we had been.
~Kao Kalia Yang

It can be something as big as Malala starting The Malala Fund after she was shot for trying to get an education, or something as seemingly small as answering questions on a forum. Answering questions in a forum can be so helpful! Posting YouTube videos and blog posts can have a big impact. What are other things that you have found helpful when you were looking for support from people who had already been through a situation?

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