I feel so blessed to have created a family and community of friends that are so diverse and who have opened my eyes to what it’s like to be different than the white, Anglo-Saxon I am. I thought I was aware of racial, cultural, and gender inequities before, in what I call my previous life, but it was like being knowledgeable of the cold without going out in the weather. Knowing the concept of cold when you are safely warm inside is much different than experiencing the pain of the cold on your bare skin. Even now, with my close proximity to family and friends who suffer because of the color of their skin or their accents or cultural habits or sexual orientations, I am still the privileged one. Much like being outside in the cold wearing a coat while they are naked.

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