Living in Bubbles
I have many memories of playing with bubbles growing up. I remember my mom had a bubble wand she used to make huge bubbles. I would blow bubbles and chase after them to see if I could pop them all before they blew away. Even now when I am washing the dishes if a stray bubble floats away, I’ll watch as it floats through the air.
We all live in bubbles, and just like actual bubbles, the bubbles we live in can look vastly different or incredibly similar.
Bubbles can be good for us, they help give us a sense of security and belonging, and they can strengthen our beliefs about who we are and what the world is like. And just like real bubbles, they are very appealing to us. We want to be in our bubbles.
Bubbles can also be bad for us. Imagine if you could somehow blow a bubble with a person inside of it. That person would probably be excited at first. However, after a while they’d be breathing in the same air and eventually they would run out of oxygen.
The air inside a bubble is isolated from the air outside. Sadly, this is how many of us choose to live our lives. We’re in our bubbles with our safe ideas, safe people, safe places, but we never wonder what it’s like inside the other bubbles of the world.