(Hello RT journal! I haven't written here in a while. What you're about to read was for Buzzfeed in response to them asking for people to send good vibes to an email and it'd be in a video. Unfortunately it doesn't seem like the email they provided works! So I've pasted what I wrote here just because I personally felt like I needed to write something out and I don't want anyone here to think they're alone. Also, check out Buzzfeed Video on Facebook in case they fix their email issue. Carry on!)
Hi there! I didn't know if you wanted your submissions in video or text format. If it's the former I guess this won't be fit for the video you're making which is okay to me but I guess I'm also writing this up to calm myself down too. Since Tuesday evening I've had this feeling like I was trapped in a tiny dark box with nothing but bare-boned fear. I've spent random bursts of time over 24 hours overcoming panic attack as well as recovering from their aftermath. I've cried at work, in bed, in the drive-thru, and in the bath tub. Everything has felt so dark and scary.
Stuff like this is exactly what people need. What I need.
To overcome we have to keep our voices up and our arms open. When our personal sunlight is stolen we must shine the lights of our smiles and the twinkles of our eyes to our minorities. To our communities. We can't give up, and we have to keep caring. We have to hold our women close. Hug our people of color, squeeze the hands of our muslims, and we can't let go of our LGBTQ+ community. We have to remind each other that they are loved. We are loved. There is love, so so much love. Part of the reason for my tears is thinking about humans I don't even know personally who think they're all alone now. You aren't. We. Love. You. And we're not giving up on you. Any of you.
When I sit here, I can't off the top of my head come up with "The Phrase To Calm Us All Down". I'm sure you'll see so many other better uses of words submitted to you and for that I'm grateful. However, when I picture a definition of "unity," the first thing my nerdy ass pictures is a scene from Harry Potter. You know. (Spoiler alert) When the school points their wands to the air in mourning of Dumbledore's death. That scene still has me shook whenever I think about it. To be honest? This nation has to do the same thing. Whether you actually stick a lit wood stick in the air or not, that's your own business, but we have to stand together. Surrounded by darkness, we all have to create our own light. After all, "Happiness comes, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn the light on." (Hope I got the wording of the quote right, it's 2:36 AM haha.)
To all of us minorities, I got your back. I will speak up. I will protect the others I see. I will walk you home, drive behind you, help you cross the street, accept you in my friend group, anything to make you feel safe. Our safety will be compromised over my dead body. I hope more of us feel the same. When our peace of mind is stolen, all we can do is recreate it. My arms are open and my voice is loud. I'm not here because of sides or labels, because I voted Hillary over Donald, nothing. I'm here to put aside the desire for revenge/violence in efforts to rebuild as quickly and as safely as we can. Put down the pitchforks and spread out your hands. Since I'm feeling in the mood to quote my faves, EVERYBODY SAY LOVE. We must take each other's hands and protect each other from what is thrown at us, but we can achieve our greatness without throwing anything back. We can be the better person. <3
I just noticed this is super long and I'm sure y'all were looking for something quick. Sorry! To close, I guess I'll throw some more quotes.
Keep moving forward.
If we can't learn from history, we're destined to repeat it.
Be brave to stand for what you believe in even if you stand alone.
Home is where people love you. Don't forget that.
My body, my choice. Their body, their choice.
Black lives matter.
(Also, should any/all of this email make it into your video, would now be a good time to tell my family that I'm bisexual? ;) )