The world is changing. I kept hearing this is the new normal and I was in denial. How can so much change in one year? I stopped listening to the news. I rarely get on facebook. I don't watch hardly any TV anymore. For lack of a better term, all I can say is "I can't breathe". I started really getting into being more creative. I listen to music. I read. I exercise. This is how I create my new normal. I have changed my entire routine. I have connected with friends I have not been in touch with in so long. I have created deeper relationships with others in my life. I am taking a stand in my own way against everything being fed to us politically. I am documenting my days and my world as it is shifting. I am being honest with myself.
I am observing.
I am getting out and seeing what is going on first hand. I am not hiding and I am not fighting. I chose to live. I chose to see and I chose to experience it all, whether I agree with it or not. One cannot make informed decisions without being actually informed.
I do not want to live in a bubble. If I have to wear a mask to make others feel safe, to be out in public, to save my own sanity than I will wear a mask. I will no longer put my life on hold for fear of what others think one way or the other.
I will feel how I feel without guilt or pressure. I will stand up for what I believe is right or unjust and I will not be pigeon holed into one label or another.
There is still beauty in this world. There are still good people in the world. You just have to go see it for yourself.
Challenge yourself to be true. Find your happiness and spread it around. Hate breeds hate. Love breeds love. Find your passion.
Don't be afraid to be who you are. When you are honest with yourself, then you will find your peace.