Let's Talk About Changing Others:

Why It's a No-Go & What to Do Instead!


So, you’re the type who’s always trying to change other people, huh? Take a breather and ask yourself why you feel the need to do that.

Think about it—when it comes to seeing humanity as a whole, we tend to split people into two camps. Some are like us, sharing our vibes and ideas, while others are totally different. And let’s be real, sometimes we’re so into our own values that we’re convinced our way is the only right way. It can get pretty annoying when we meet folks who see the world from a totally different angle and deal with stuff in ways we don’t get. But even if we’re dead certain they’d be better off following our lead, we should hold back on trying to change them. 'Cause here’s the deal—every person is born with their own unique nature that can’t be messed with by outside forces. We’re all who we are for a reason, and nobody has the right to decide who someone else should be.

Now, why do we even bother trying to change people? Well, there are loads of reasons. Sometimes, we’ve been around the block enough times to think we’ve got life all figured out, and we start acting like we’re experts on everything. But let’s get real again—there’s always gonna be stuff we don’t know, and we can never fully understand what someone else is going through. Plus, the potential we see in others will never match up exactly with our own. So, assuming we know what’s best for them is just plain wrong.

Here’s the thing—we’ve got to embrace people for who they are, quirks and all, instead of trying to control every little thing about them. We can either love them up close, embracing their uniqueness, or from a distance, just appreciating them as fellow human beings.

And here’s a little secret: when we show that we respect others' right to be themselves, they’re more likely to vibe with us. But hey, instead of trying to change everyone else, maybe it’s time we focus on changing the one person we actually have control over: ourselves. Makes sense, right? ~RS

"Focus on me, let others be; their path is theirs, mine's up to me."

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Good Evening. It's Thursday, April 18, and we're covering a looming fight over foreign aid bills, a career-ending gambling ban, and much more.

Need To Know

Foreign Aid Showdown

US House leadership proposed a $95B foreign aid package yesterday consisting of three funding bills for Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan. The vote, expected to occur Saturday night, will come two months after the House declined to take up similar legislation passed by the Senate. Lawmakers faced renewed pressure to pass the aid after Iran's missile-and-drone attack against Israel last weekend. 

NBA Gambling Ban

The National Basketball Association yesterday banned Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter for life for violating the league's betting rules. Porter—who went undrafted in 2019 before one season with the Memphis Grizzlies and three in the NBA's developmental G League—averaged just over four points per game with the Raptors.

New Sea Dragon Unlocked

Researchers have identified remnants of what may be the largest marine reptile ever discovered. The species, ichthyotitan severnensis, was believed to reach over 80 feet long, twice the length of a city bus.

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