Hurt, fear, anger, disappointment, pain.
It has been an incredibly sad and emotional couple of days and though I wish I could numb the cruel sting of it we cannot selectively numb pain because when we shut out the darkness we also shut out the light. We have little choice but to feel the emotion, the fear and the discomfort of the uncertain days to follow.
John Lubbock said that happiness is a thing to be practiced, like a violin. It is times like this, when tragedy strikes and innocent lives are lost that I have to be reminded. I am embraced in sadness and disbelief over something I have no control over and even knowing how important it is to not let hate win, happiness in this moment feels wrong.
To all of the wounded and heavyhearted souls in Orlando, I see the wreckage that you are staggering through, you are achingly overburdened with grief and sorrow and so many of us wish we could help. Losing a loved one has it’s own anguish, losing a loved one to violence is unimaginable. When your loved one is murdered for simply living a life without boundaries, for being themselves, for loving freely and wholehearted there is simply no words I can offer to ease the pain or make any sense of it. The LGBTQ community is in mourning, the world is in mourning. We share in your grief.
I wish I could help you navigate your way through the horror, to take the weight off your chest, to tell you that someday you will smile again.
I feel helpless and you feel hopeless.
We have to remember to breath.
I promise to use my voice to share hope and not give hate an audience. I need to recognize the helpers because that is where I will find love and peace.
I am going to take five minutes to pretend it is Saturday, in the park along the river, just you and me and the falling stars…
In that five minutes I will seek light in the darkness. I hope that someday soon you can do the same.
“it’s the kind of heartache you can feel in your bones”