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If You Could See What I See

Seeing is believing, or at least that's what they say.

I don't usually become too involved in what "they" say, but this statement has some validity.

Let me explain. What most people see, and therefore believe, is brought to them by a world engrossed in social media and marketing. Hustle looks sexy. Soda looks refreshing. Fast food looks convenient. Pharmaceutical companies appear to be compassionately advancing medicine by flooding the marketplace with more drugs.

Here's what I see on a daily basis. I see young professionals who have believed the hype of hustle and are now burning out, finding themselves with new and terrifying health diagnoses and entering in an uncertain world where hustle may no longer be an option. I see middle-aged adults breaking down from the realization that they now have to care for their own children as well as their aging parents. I see a healthcare system that is failing patients, albeit unintentionally. I see a world on the screen that is in large contrast and contradiction to the world in reality.

What I hope to see is these two worlds coming more into alignment, such that those who aren't living an idyllic life of perfection begin to feel seen, heard, cared for, and not unlike their neighbor. I hope to hear more conversations about health and wellness rather than consumerism and hustle. And while I hope for these things, I am also committed to doing my part to make it happen.

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