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05 June 2014

Paper Towns, Paper Kites, Paper People

Lately, work has been pretty slow so I've had a lot of time to think. The more time I have to think, the easier it is for me to get depressed about things. I just finished the book Paper Towns, and I probably way overanalyzed it but it had an impact on me. Most notably, the idea that we can never truly understand someone. We can empathize and try to put ourselves in that person's shoes the best we can; but we can never really be that person and therefore, fully understand or relate.

But then that's our problem. We think we can, but we can't. We often project ourselves into other people. Think about it. How often do we think or even say, "I don't know why he/she did that. It's so dumb." It's because we don't know. We aren't that person.

The greatness of it all though is that we're all still humans. We're all flawed. My co-worker put it best, "to think we were all little kids at some point doing silly things like running around in capes and going down slides backwards."

In that way, we're all connected despite being different. We all go through the same emotions: sadness, anger, joy, love.

So when I'm sad, I try to remember that I'm not alone. We're all broken and cracked. And I may not have the same pain or circumstances, but I will try to be more empathetic and understanding because that's really all we can do. I just want us all to make it in this world.

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