Those who are closest to me will tell you that I’m both extremely empathetic and extremely sensitive. Tears are a regular occurrence (especially in the happy moments) and one of my worst fears is causing someone else pain, even just by something I said.
With that, my heart has been in a million pieces lately. I look at the news and all I see is despair – Unjust rape sentences, disloyal presidential candidates, hate crimes against human beings because one person couldn’t move past the differences between them. It makes me question the heart of humanity, it makes me question the country we live in, and it sure as hell makes me wonder if there will ever be an end.
Though difficult to see past this deep darkness and pain, I personally am still searching for the light. Not because I’m naive and not because I’m young, but because I know that it’s there and that it always prevails. I don’t claim to have all of the answers and I would never promise that things are going to turn out fine. That’s just not fair to those living the nightmares on the news in a far more personal way that I will ever know. However, I will be so ambitious as to remind you that the light is still there. It has not gone out.
I have seen communities stand together in more unifying ways than I think I ever have before. I have witnessed more individuals vow to take action against injustice, rather than make mere empty promises. I have seen people grow in spite of their pain. So while my heart has broken into tiny pieces on the floor, I am slowly finding ways to mend it back together. And though it will never be whole again, I think the world can find a way to mend its heart too. For where there is darkness, there will always be light. There will always be people with good hearts and good intentions ready to stand together against the pain.
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