As human beings, we experience a tremendous number of thoughts in any given day. Some of our thoughts go unnoticed as they’re habitual or don’t require much attention, while others are more prominent, depending on the subject matter at hand.
Because we endure such a variety thoughts in a 24-hour period, I think it’s rather understandable to second guess some of them, or even change our stance towards them.
I don’t know the exact reasoning behind it, but I think a lot of us struggle with the idea of altering how we perceive or think about things, depending on what they are associated with. And I’m not referring to adjusting our pizza topping preference; rather, I’m talking about heavier topics of conversation, for example, our thoughts towards politics, racism, or human rights.
I would argue a lot of us are finding it challenging to digest a change in thoughts regarding systemic racism and racially-fuelled violence that has been at the forefront of media and conversations as of late. By this I’m talking about the conflict that may present itself when we try to shift how we have interpreted a social issue for so long without feeling guilty or unsure about it.
If the #BlackLivesMatter movement is something that you weren’t overly invested in or attentive to in the past, but it is now of great significance to you, that’s okay. If white privileged is something you never understood up until recently and you have changed how you understand systemic racism, that’s okay. A change of mind or opinion can be one of the best things we do for ourselves long-term, and it’s certainly better to make this change sooner as opposed to later.
A change in thoughts isn’t a bad thing, and neither is feeling confused about it. If anything, it’s a step in the right direction.