I truly believe that we live in a beautiful, magical world where there are far more good people than bad.
Because more people have held the door open for me than have shut it in my face.
Because my mother taught me that if I treat people with kindness and compassion, they will return it. And this is absolutely true.
Because when I had a screaming toddler in the throes of a massive meltdown, a seasoned mom took the time to share a moment of solidarity and prevented me from bursting into tears.
Because there have been countless therapists, teachers, and doctors who worked tirelessly to help my child function better in this world that doesn’t always know where to fit him in.
Because there’s a guy who makes youtube videos of himself dancing with large groups of people in every country he goes to, and it proves that there is a universal bond that we share. And that is joy.
Because when two people bombed the Boston marathon, total strangers put themselves in harm’s way to save people’s lives.
Because every time there is a natural disaster, thousands of people will donate money, blood, and time to make it better for those who suffered through it.
Because every time I hear about a person who has done something terrible, my first thought is not that this is another symbol of the degradation of society. I see it as one person who has done something terrible and wonder what must have gone wrong in this person’s life that led them to the choice to harm.
Because amazing people created the Special Olympics, Operation Smile, the Make A Wish Foundation, St. Jude’s, and hundreds of other organizations where the primary purpose is to bring joy to others.
Because of everyday heroes like firefighters, nurses, doctors, teachers – people who sacrifice little pieces of themselves simply to help and make a difference.
Because we are not broken, and we do not live in a sinful world. We are incredible, fragile beings who sometimes struggle but inevitably do more harm than good in our short lives.
Because those who oppose equality are now on the fringes of society, and their voices are being silenced by a new generation of people who recognize that everyone deserves to be with the person they love.
Because for every Westboro Baptist protest, there are dozens of volunteers to block out their hate.
Because when I am at my darkest, it is the love of my friends and family that lift me up and save me again and again.
Because of them.
Because I am of this world. Beautiful and terrible. Ethereal and visceral. And every moment matters, even if it isn’t perfect, because I know that I only have so many moments to cherish and then it’s over. And that makes it precious. That makes us precious.