Positivity. This word is thrown around on everything, from my Facebook dashboard to my Twitter stream. People use it to describe themselves, their outlook on life, and their way of thinking. People tell me that I should feel it, be it, live it, and that despite my circumstances, I should embody it.
Positivity is a concept, and not one that every person can grasp. There are circumstances in and outside of our control that affect our viewpoint on life. Some of us have been blessed with a certain privilege that shields us; that keeps us untainted by hard experiences that reveal hard truths about ourselves and the world in which we live. Others of us have had more than our fair share of hard experiences, and the lessons we’ve learned have given us an acute awareness of the potential for our world to be cruel and unforgiving. Continue reading