In this week’s VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly and guest Abe Lopez jump into controversial topics headfirst. The focus is on learning to think for yourself and what that means (especially in a society that often pushes you to follow the crowd) or hide your ideas/beliefs etc. from the public eye.

What does it mean to truly ‘think for yourself’? In terms of making decisions, that sounds easy: decide what you want based on you, not others. But for deep-seated issues like culture, faith, family, love, etc. this isn’t always easy. And truthfully, our lives are so highly influenced by others, experiences, pain, etc.

This week, as a reflection on Pride celebrated across the United States, Marisa and Abe discuss gay rights under the umbrella of personal choices. They highlight the important belief they both share: each person’s choice, perspective, decision, opinion, thoughts should be his or her own.

how to think for yourself

Among many key points, they discuss faith, Christianity, and identity. They touch on biases and group mentalities. Marisa shares a passionate piece she wrote on the subject. And above all, they empower listeners to think for themselves. (Even in topics that prove to be complicated, heavy, or misunderstood.)

The biggest takeaway? Let your thoughts be your own.