Right now the world is divided. Hate is prowling around every corner waiting to pounce on it's next victim, and inject it's evil poison into their bloodstream. People are turning on each other and animosity is evident. It's easy to look for and see the bad, and harder to focus on and accept the good. Harder to think, hey... maybe things aren't as ugly as they seem. Harder to grasp onto the things that bring us together instead of tearing us apart.
Recently I went to a hockey game with my dad. While looking around that stadium I realized, differences don't matter here. It wasn't about what color that guy behind you was, or why that woman two rows down was wearing a hijab. It didn't matter that the guy next to you was a die hard republican, and the one beside him, a democrat. No one thought twice about the two men across the isle holding hands, or the woman covered head to toe in tattoos. Those things didn't matter. What did matter was that we were all human beings and all rooting for the same thing, the same team, the same victory. When someone took a shot on the net we all held our breathes together, and when they made it we all exhaled in unison, and shouted excitedly collectively. If you have ever been to any sports game you understand the passion everyone has for their team, we take pride and joy in watching them succeed.
Think of the Olympics when entire nations come together to cheer for their teams. It's truly a beautiful thing to watch. There's a bond between everyone and a lively spirit throughout the stadium. You can practically see the glow in the eyes of the children watching in awe and inspiration. I just think it's awesome that so many people can all enjoy something together. When I lived in Spain, my family and I went to a few Barça soccer games and they are some of the best memories I have from Spain where I felt like I was apart of their country and where I felt most connected to the people.
In times like these I wish we could apply this same idea to ourselves. We all want positive change and improvement. Simply be nice to everyone, keep an open mind, and focus on what makes all of us the same so we can all stand united.