Article written by Athira Premarajan
Let’s get to it straight. Not all have enjoyed being in the circle or so-called “realm”. If you think about it, how many of you have had a childhood where adults namely, parents or other elders have taken your word for the good. A child, since its time of birth, is in the dynamic process of learning. From sensing the presence of the mother to learning to cry when hungry. But, your opinions, your views, your perspectives are taken for granted, be it in whichever dilemmatic situation it is, because you were a child. If you had a chance to decide one day’s food menu at home (Of course, your mom will cook the best favourite for you, but not that), call yourself lucky because, you are a person who has enjoyed the “realm” at home, for your family was inclusive!
The story doesn’t seem any different for some of us grownups too. But this time, the social circle is a little extended, call it friends, work, or any other. You are a part of it all, like it or not, for an evolved social animal, distancing may not be an acceptable addition to the ever-rolling dynamicity (Except during the pandemics). Sometimes, between friends, we all have faced exclusion. And we take it like a boss as we have always had an alternate choice. Looking at the same in the work circle, the condition can be a little intense, as the more invisible you become, the farthest to the pivotal point you stay. Some does crack a way open to reach the spotlight, and we entitle them as lucky, smart, witty and the sorts. The others may stay farthest, becoming invisible to the whole group.
We are all in the process of learning and unlearning, grateful to the pandemic times for the realization it had brought along to live content with what we have and to realize that family and friends are the greatest assets. Meanwhile, a report by WHO that details the post-pandemic effect on mental health is concerning. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the WHO notes that the lack of social interaction caused by the pandemic will be the reason for mental health issues among the people. His address on this year’s World Mental Health Day (10 Oct) is an alarm we must all keep a close watch on.
This blog piece is for those who consider an extrovert, a social person, or if you’d like to have it, an influencer. A terminology mentioned in The 99DDC, by Dr Saundarya Rajesh is what fits apt here – Diversity Champion, a person, holding the baton for exemplifying D&I. A person advocating and acting for cultivating the best of social space for all equally. You may not be a leader or a host. But you can be that one person who can enable a lively social circle for a person lonely or invisible to the group. A sense of belongingness is what we all yearn for. As long as we are social animals, every person desire to be accepted and noticed among others and deserves the respect of a person for whom he or she is. So, to all diversity champions out there, this is your time for action. Plug-in your cape and march for it. Be the ally you wish you had. It is not a cycle rather a straight road ahead with endless possibilities to reach the destination. Take along another hand, on your destination to success. Cause, you can be the reason for someone’s happiness today.
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