Now that I’ve had time to decompress and process the recent events here are my thoughts: I am not defined by the words “Republican or Democratic”. I am not defined by who I chose to Love. I am not defined by our government or what they feel is best for me. I am defined by MY morals , my values and the lessons I’ve learned living 37 years on this earth. Yes I love and married a woman, just like others who have loved and married their significant others. I work hard every day to support my family, like many others who work just as hard to support their families. I parent my children so that they grow up being well-mannered, well-educated, nonjudgmental individuals, like many other parents in this world. The point I’m trying to make is to me, Harambe could be the President of the United States and I’m still going to be ME, I’m still going to do ME. I’m still going to wake up every morning and go to work, work hard and support my family. I’m still going to come home and kiss my wife hello and spend time with my children.
That’s the problem with this country. We do not respect each other. We do not let people live their lives the way they see fit. We pass judgment, spread hate, we beat up people for who the love, what they believe in and where they come from, we burn flags, and protest violently. What makes us any different than any other Country that wages wars amongst themselves? This has been going on for decades and no matter who sits in the White House, it won’t change unless we as people change. I will help an elderly person across the street, whether they’re white, black, gay, straight, American or Muslim or any other nationality, because that’s the morals and values I have inside of me. I will teach my children the same, because this Country needs more good people. I will teach my daughters to be strong, independent woman, I will teach my sons to respect woman. If you hate me because of my morals and values then feel free to delete me.
That being said, this is what I choose: I choose love over hate, I choose positivity over negativity, I choose peace over violence, I choose understanding over judgment, I choose compassion and empathy over selfishness. Why? Because I believe in love, I believe in God, I believe in positivity, I believe in peace, I believe in understanding, compassion and empathy. I believe in being a good person. I choose to RISE above it all.
“You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.”- Maya Angelou