"When everything else is taken away, broken and battered, soaked raw, stripped bare, you see things. You see people as they really are. This week in Tacloban, Samar and Cebu, amidst the hunger and thirst, the chaos and confusion, we’ve seen the best in the Filipino people. Their strength, their courage, I can’t get it out of my mind. Imagine the strength it takes for a mother to search alone for her missing kids, the strength to sleep; on the street near the body of your child.
We’ve seen people with every reason to despair, every right to be angry, instead find ways to laugh, and to love, to stand up, to move forward.
A storm breaks wood and bone, brings hurt and heartbreak. In the end, the wind, the water, the horror it brings is not the end of the story.
With aid and assistance, compassion and care, this place, these people…they will make it through. They already survived the worst. They’re bowed, perhaps tired and traumatized, but they are not broken.
Mabuhay Philippines! Maraming salamat for all you’ve shown us. Maraming salamat for showing us all how to live.”
Working at the Courthouse’s Halloween festival was an absolutely fantastic experience. Not only did I get to work with one of the funniest, hyper firemen alive, but I also got to put a smile on more than 1,000 faces, most of which were children in their Halloween costumes. Then, I saw something that made my heart melt - a young boy, knee high, dressed as Spiderman, walking around in a walker due to a disability. He walked over and started dancing and was so happy… it honestly inspired me. His mother was so patient with him, making sure he kept up with her… It brought a tear to my eye when it was over and I saw her lift him into their car… Happy Halloween guys. Keep dancing to the music and taking things one step at a time.
I know there is someone out there right now, crying, thinking about giving up on your dreams because they are out of reach and nobody believes in you, well let me stop you right there and correct you on something… I believe in you, I believe in each and every one of you. I believe that with hard work, dedication and a few people to lean on, you can accomplish anything. You can overcome the misfortunes, faults and oppression to make every last dream you have come true. Of course, it won’t be easy, there will be failures and mistakes, people will put you down and try to crush your goals, but that is when you try again, and again, and again. The only limits you have are the ones you place upon yourself, so dry your tears, be brave and put your heart into it. Never give up. Why? Because I believe in you.
Happy Anniversary Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. 8 years, two beautiful children, you guys are an inspiration to LGBT youth around the world. You are proof that it does get better! Congratulations!
1 year has passed since more than 19,000 people were killed in Japan by a massive earthquake and tsunami. I will never forget waking up on 03/11/11 and watching in horror as entire cities and villages were leveled and then swept away by Mother Nature’s rage. The images of this day will never leave my mind and I will always remember. Many of my friends in Japan lost family, friends and a few lost …everything. What is incredible is how far the Japanese people have come since then. Where 10 feet of debris clogged the streets, now cars pass through. Where homes were leveled, new ones rise. Where thousands died, many more live on.
To me, seeing the Japanese people come together in their darkest hour and save each other, showed me that humanity still existed. That day has also inspired me to make a difference in the world around me before I leave. May all of those lost on this tragic day R.I.P. and for those who push on, you are in my heart and thoughts. I love you all.
Richard | 18-years-old | Gay | Content being single | Activist | Researcher | Former news reporter | Lives in Douglasville, Georgia | Moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2014 | Future Politician and natural disaster researcher | Literally the most boring person in the world |
I am here if any of you need to talk, vent or need advice. NEVER FORGET: IT GETS BETTER