view the world through as many lenses as you can, through as many eyes as you can. read books, devour poetry, become immersed in song. listen to peoples 5am drunken conversation with you even if you are dripping in sobriety. when an opinion scares you ask why instead of fighting them off with your own words. remember perspectives are like clothing you can take on and off. the best people in my life have taught me this - writers, artists, parents, hood rats, rhymers and body builders. diversity and curiosity are good bed fellows and breed happier existences.