What a crazy week it’s been….
I have seen so many posts and perspectives that collecting my thoughts and taking a firm stance has been really difficult, which in itself is quite frustrating for me. Since this is an election year it seems that “everyone” jumped directly into the political remedies and skipped right over mourning. I’m all for action and progress but the first thing the collective needs to be honest about is what this crime against humanity was.
This was not random violence, it was deliberate and intentional in one of our places that we go to avoid the harassment, the feeling of being “less than”, to enjoy a feeling of community and a cocktail and have fun!
The lives lost, families impacted, and countless others injured both physically and emotionally that were at Pulse that night feels like such a waste at this point in our society. However, this painful reminder that there are many people that can’t accept other humans as people that deserve the same basic rights and freedoms that each of us should be able to enjoy freely.
I have no idea why something like this happens or what it is inside another person that pushes them to this point. It makes me sad, confused, and angry. I went live last week on Facebook with these thoughts the day after the shootings happened.
One of the most moving things I’ve seen in response to this terrible violence was from the Lieutenant Governor of Utah (shocking)! If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is:
What can we do now?
I’m still struggling with this one to be perfectly honest but this is what I’m trying to do at this point:
- Mourn those that lost their life as a result of being different
- Talk about my feelings openly and continue being myself
- Be aware of your surroundings (don’t be afraid but be aware, especially if you are out celebrating your uniqueness)
- Watch what you say about others, especially around children
- Listen to others and ask how people are feeling – you never know who might just need an ear to listen, and shoulder to lean on, or a hug
I’d love to know what you think and what you are doing to help the world be a little bit better than we found it! That’s on all of our shoulders.