ANNA PENG

En Masse

It’s easy to follow what everyone else is saying. 

If they say you have to go get a degree, you’re going to go get a degree. 

When we follow everyone else, everything is already said and thought out for you. There’s no need for further contemplation or questioning, it’s just how things are and all you need to do is follow. 

So much harder to go against the grain and say, “the degree isn’t for me,” because when you have to admit when you’re wrong, everybody already knows why it wasn’t going to work in the first place. 

And does it matter that everybody else thinks you’re wrong?

It shouldn’t, or at least it can’t if we’re looking to making a shift in the status quo. 


Undistancing From What Matters

Whatever you choose to do (or not do), I assure you that there was good reason to. 

Instead of jumping to rash conclusions, we have to come from a place of “Yes, of course you had to,” rather than a place of criticism and blame.

We live in a place where being able to listen to others will bring forth more chances to do better in the long term. As we begin to undistance ourselves from things that matter, we have to do so from a position of empathy and have the modesty to say, “I don’t blame you for feeling the way you do.”


Stuck For Words

Even through a time of deep despair, we still need people like you willing to listen.

When everybody is talking all at once, who are we able to understand?

Maybe it’s not the things we say that could make things better, but how we understand everyone else and where they come from.

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