It’s been nearly six months since my last post. I figure now is a good time to remind you that I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth just yet.
Life is good. This past spring, I successfully completed my first semester of graduate school. It was far and away the most difficult experience of my life. My current goal is to enjoy this summer as much as possible before school cranks up this fall.
I’ve also started writing poetry. I’ve never been into poetry before, but I am a fan of hip-hop and music in general, which means that I’m often studying lyrics and song structure. I was sitting around one day and got the inspiration to jot down my thoughts in a notebook and make it rhyme. As of now, I’ve written five decent ones. I’m no Robert Frost, but I think I may be onto something.
Aside from that I’m just trying to take things one day at a time.
Before I exit, I do want to say something about the current state of America. It would be an understatement to say that our country is in shambles. Just this week there was the mass shooting of a newspaper office in Annapolis, MD, that left five dead. And don’t get me started on the record number of school shootings that have occurred this year. Add that to our already fractured political system which is broken on both sides of the aisle. Our president rarely makes matters better with this constant barrage of reactionary tweets.
America is a mess. I love my country and will always support it, but it feels like we’re in an unending stream of antagonism. We’re at a point where elected officials are openly encouraging businesses to deny service to those who share differing political views. The cable news media does more to foster division than report actual hard news. It seems like we’re drifting further apart in every aspect.
While some of the divisive rhetoric must be laid at the feet of the current administration, we all bear some level of responsibility to make America a better place for everyone.
Regardless of political affiliation, we can all do our part to show others love and compassion. Just because you disagree with someone doesn’t mean you cannot carry on a civil discussion with them. Call me naive, but I really think this country will begin healing once we start treating each other with simple human dignity.
Starting today, let’s each do our part to shine as much light as we can to those we encounter on a daily basis. It’s the only surefire way to counteract the darkness that surrounds us. Together we can make America compassionate again.