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kalena manansala - moral influences
My mom has always been a huge part of shaping who I am. Something that has stuck with me my whole life is how she makes sure that in whatever situation I’m in, I’m aware that everyone has something going on and is empathetic.
School environment & education
Growing up in catholic schools my whole life, I have been taught to follow Jesus’ example. Throughout my whole life, I’ve been bread to be a better human being and I’ve taken it upon myself to actually go through with listening to my teachings.
Being Catholic, I’ve always gone to church. Coming into my teenage years, I realized that my religion is something I wanted to take more seriously and I wanted to really study Jesus and follow his morals.
Music has always had a big impact on my life. When I’m sad and think of doing irrational things, I put on my AirPods and play one of my playlists with inspiring music. Music has helped me in different ways I can’t fully understand or describe.
My friends made an impact on my morals in different ways. Growing up, I’ve had different friends with very different personalities and own sets of morals. I would say my morals are a combination of some of my friends, especially my older friends.
I’ve always grown up reading. Books bring me in a different world. The characters I read about have taught me different moral ethics such as consideration, equity, fidelity, and power.
Entertainment (shows and movies)
I’ve watched a lot of shows and movies throughout my life and I would definitely say that they have affected my morals. I would grow up saying different things I would hear on TV shows when I was younger and I still follow things I’ve seen on shows to this day.
I’ve always connected with my Dad in a way that I’ve never connected with someone before. He has always assured me and has made sure that I am giving as much love to myself as I am giving to others. He also always says to do the right thing and I go into every situation with that mindset.
My dance environment has challenged my morals. I grew up in a very competitive and noisy community. I had to really look deep within myself when in my dance community and learn how to bring my own ethics here.
There is a lot going on on social media - it can get a little messy and overwhelming. However, one can totally control what one sees and post. I’ve had to learn to unfollow toxic accounts and follow inspiring accounts to give me reminders on my feed.