This isn’t the world I want my children to live in. A place filled with hate. A place where people take what they don’t understand and decide it’s wrong. If you truly can not understand something then at least choose to be a good human being and choose to respect others. Respect is something this world often lacks. Respect comes from a place of love, choosing to love everyone because they are human beings.
I am so saddened and disgusted by the events that took place in Orlando and the events that take place daily throughout the world. I am tired of reading new tragedies that take place and take lives. I know we shouldn’t let fear get us, we should live and speak out against the people who do this, but I am a mother…
I first and foremost must protect my children. Does that mean hiding? No, not all all! But it does mean awareness! Every outing I take them on I’m on constant high alert. Just last month there was an attempted kidnapping at the grocery store we shop at. The week following I was there with my kids and noticed almost every parent with there arms gripped around their children’s hands. And as I entered the store I felt my heart pounding trying to watch every corner at one moment. And now, I will be even more fearful with more outings. How sad that this is the reality we live in. I know people say “don’t let the fear get to you, that is what they want”. Whoever “they are”. Well, what is a mother to do?? I already live in a place of questioning simply because I am a mother and now I will live in a place of fear because I can only do so much to protect my children when there are so many people full of hate out there.
So how do we as a society, as brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, fathers..and mothers, change things? How do we change the world?
I honestly believe it starts with three things.
Our children–they are in fact the future. How we raise our children will directly reflect the world that will come to be in the next decade or two. They will inherit this world and hopefully by the time I pass this world will be a better place, one that they can be proud to live in with little fear and lots of respect.
Education– I will educate my children, I will teach them that is is ok to be different and we should embrace our differences and not be scared to be who we are and we should respect who others were born to be just as they should respect who we were born to be.
LOVE–I will teach my children that love will bring you much farther then hate, love is the true meaning of life, and that love will inevitably conquer all.
Let’s choose love, please. If you’re religious- take a moment and pray (if not just take a moment of silence and breath) for those lost, for our future, for the possibility of a better tomorrow-a better world-with less hate and more love.
As a mother that is all I can do.