How do I start?
I am embarrassed. I am scared. I’m disappointed and apprehensive.
But I refuse to let any negative emotions rule my life. I’m moving forward, moving past this mess. All I know is that in moving forward, I must remain positive. I must spread love, not hate. I must continue to stand for what I believe in.
I stand for women and their right to choose.
I stand for #blacklivesmatter.
I stand for all those in the LGBTQ community. Love is love and gender is confusing.
I stand for immigrants living here. This nation was built on immigrants. I am a great grandchild of immigrants who may of may not have come here legally (I truly don’t know).
I stand for curiosity in those who are different from me whether in their religion, culture, skin tone, etc. and not fear.
I stand for inclusion and acceptance.
When I woke up on Wednesday morning, I quickly checked my phone, hoping for the best. As my hopes got dashed, I contemplated going back to bed and skipping my 6:00 am cycle class.
I am so glad I didn’t. When I got to class, feeling almost numb, the instructor said the class and the whole day should be about spreading love. The playlist for class was all about love.
Everyone was not right in the world but I left class knowing that moving forward would get easier each day.
One full day down, 1,459 to go.
Despite now having a misogynistic bigot (yup, I said it) as my Commander and Chief, I still stand for my believes. And no one can take those away from me. I am moving forward from this mess.
And to brighten the mood, here is a picture of a smiley baby!
Thank you Amanda for hosting Thinking Out Loud. I needed it this week.