I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break! I certainly enjoyed my time sleeping in, watching Netflix, and being with my family! In the midst of everything going on, I had an extended moment of realization. For those of you who do not know, my parents are both ministers and part of the job description is providing support and pastoral care to families who are going through a tough time. This week two very lovely human beings from our church family were admitted into hospice care. These individuals have been battling an incredible fight with cancer, but realized that time is of the essence. There’s a level of comfort in knowing that their pain will soon go away, but sometimes it’s hard to comprehend how much time we are given. I’m saddened to say that one of these individuals passed away just hours after being admitted (not even 40 years old yet) and the other individual has been given 6 months to live. While watching my parents work hard to comfort the families in their time of grieving, I realized and asked myself a few things.
1.) Today was the Transgender Rights are Human Rights rally
2.) Why do we wait until the last minute to share the love in our hearts?
3.) Everyday is a gift, we don’t necessarily need to always live in the moment, but we do need to realize the world we are leaving behind.
We live in a world that can’t decide the best way to treat people. In a way, we may all be scared of what is to come and instead of comforting one another, we are fighting to the finish to protect ourselves. I hear the phrase “Love is Love” all around me, but are we really living that out to the fullest extent. Personally, I know I haven’t. I hold grudges against those I care for, I have moments of greed, I have experienced more than my fair share of poor judgement calls, I worry about my future every day (especially with graduation quickly approaching) and I know I am not the only one. I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m ready to say enough is enough! It is time to forgive those who have done wrong by you, ask for forgiveness from those you have done wrong by. Love those around you near and far! support one another and show compassion! complete random acts of kindness! Be a friend in your community! Be genuine! Be Beautiful! Be someone you can be proud of! I know this is what I want to strive for and I encourage many of you to do the same! If anything, re-live the golden rule we were taught in elementary school: Treat others the way you want to be treated! Imagine what our world would be like and the possibilities that could evolve for human kind just by this one rule and this kind of mindset! I definitely want to believe that a lot of our problems could be solved or at least find a door to open up discussion.
I know that these words are easier said than done. I know that this might also be interpreted as either a silly rant or a cloud 9 idea that went way over my head. That’s fine, but as I sit here and ponder these thoughts and watch these families, I can’t help but feel motivated to keep pushing for a better outcome within our community. I can’t help but believe that there is a light to be discovered at the end of what seems to be a very long tunnel.