I was the kid wearing all black in high school. The one they called "freak", "weirdo", etc. In middle school, they used to call me "Fat", "Tubby", etc.
This was before the "no bully" movement we have today. Of course, Teachers would try their best to cut down on the name calling, shaming, etc., but it wasn't a big topic back then.
In the last few weeks, there have been over five threats of violence in high schools, middle schools and colleges within a 20 mile radius of my home. There were whispers of bomb threats and active shooters on school campuses. People were fearful of their family members, friends and colleagues.
Before I dive too deep into this rabbit hole, let me say this is NOT a post about my views on gun control. This is NOT a post about my views on organized walk-outs, rally's, etc.
This is about love.
This is about connection.
This is about seeing each other as people and striving to create community.
This is about talking to each other.
Saying hello to the "weird" kid, who just might have something in common with you.
This is about asking the "crazy guy" at work, how their day is.
Making a HUMAN connection.
Understanding that despite all of our differences we are still people.
We live in the same town, state, country or even on the same planet!! We work at the same place. We go to same grocery stores. We go to the same school, college, etc. We go to the same hospital, doctor. Something.
Those moments when we could walk by, ignore that person or take a chance to spread some joy, love and connection in the world.
THAT is what this is about.
In the words of one of my fave singers, MC Yogi:
"It only takes one spark to light up the dark"
If we so choose, we can light up the darkness.
We can create change. We can create connection.
We share love to create a community.
Creating change, one spark at time, is a choice.
What choice are you making?
- Jenn Rose