Sometimes — most of the time — another person’s way of looking at things is very beneficial to forming how we look at things. Instead of just seeing the world through your own foggy lenses of personal experiences and such, try to look at things through the eyes of someone whose past may have helped them see things about the topic that you never would have seen.
The second skill from the seminars is speaking out. If you have even the slightest opinion about something, talk about it. By keeping that opinion to yourself ,you’re forcing it to stay slight. If you talk about it and think it through, your opinion will often grow. You may even learn more about yourself and your own beliefs.
The third skill is that of having knowledge to back up your opinion. It’s easy to simply string words together and sound educated, but if you really have no facts to back it up, it’s not worth much. Research and listening to others can gain very useful knowledge that will help form grounded opinions.
I always look forward to these seminars. Friday is the best day of the week.
Miriam A. Thurber is a junior at Unatego Central School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk.