2008: I’m at home, making peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Like, 25 PB&J’s in my kitchen. I put them in brown paper bags and a note that says you are loved. I drive around to find homeless people and drop off food to them. I was sixteen and trying to find a way to have some sort of impact on the people around me. I guess you could say I saw the world through happy, optimistic, rose-tinted glasses.
Present day: Headlines. Anger, hate, fear, hate, sadness, fear, anger, darkness, hate. The current political and social climate reeks of sadness and despair. Hate feels just as prevalent as WiFi these days.
I started off this year feeling jaded, disillusioned, and a bit hopeless about how things were playing out in the world. I don’t want others around me to feel scared for their lives because of who they are. At the end of the day, we’re all human. We have commonalities. We have a reason to care for one another.
Just when I thought I’d misplaced my rose-tinted glasses or lost the ability to ever wear them again, I met Bree and Sunny. These humans are building a tidal wave of kindness that washes over you in the form of hugs, smiles, love, pure goodness. With Only Human, there is no judgement; there is ultimate vulnerability; there is understanding; there is immense, unconditional love.
I spent a weekend soaking in the energy of love and kindness that was oh so refreshing. And I’m not strictly referring to Bree and Sunny. I was at a huge street festival and I could feel the vibrations from so many other kind souls. It was as if the receptors for kindness inside my heart had flashed back on and were buzzing off the charts. I found myself saying I love you frequently to friends and strangers alike because my heart was overflowing. In a world full of hatred, the world needs love more than ever. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Thank you, Only Human, for allowing me to see the light in the world.