How I Bridge the Gap with People Who Think Differently than Me

Something to consider in these difficult times.

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Cultural shape-shifting

For a lot of my life, I’ve experienced discomfort over my bi-cultural identity. I was born on American soil, making me American. Still, I embrace my South Asian side. I always have.

Choosing a side (or not)

For people who like to put things in a neat little box, that’s a problem.

When people get pushy

The other part of me I embrace is the Muslim part. Since I’m not very religious, I don’t practice in a way that you would be able to tell I am Muslim right away. I don’t cover my hair, and I wear shorts and dresses that go above my knee.

Agree to disagree

I have reached a point in my life where I am not attached to anyone’s opinion of me. I don’t need anyone to agree with me. If they don’t, I don’t get emotional about it.

Bridging the gap

When we get into those discussions of one side or another, it’s an invitation to division. In some cases, it leads to an understanding of people’s stance on issues, but when we entangle ourselves into hard-lined judgments of those stances, that’s when we get into trouble.

Former teacher who retired early to pursue a passion for writing. Personal development content writer and fiction author. Dog mom. www.sameenakmughal.com

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