If you have a few minutes, take a look at this. This young man embodies all that we wish to achieve.
This week marks the beginning of various hearings being carried out by the U.S. Supreme Court in regards to same sex marriage. Regardless of what your opinion is on the matter, we can all agree this issue is not going to go away. This is a trend of all issues of social injustice, as they gain momentum and publicity it only becomes a matter of time.
I am not going to go into a long rant about where I fall but I think we need to address why this is important. From my perspective, as a white, straight, male, I do not see a problem with gay marriage. Why? It has absolutely nothing to do with me and it brings other people joy and love.
I suppose my biggest problem with those who advocate against gay marriage is that they lack simply empathy about how their actions and words impact others around them. I could not imagine being attracted and, ultimately, in love with someone and then told “no”.
Let us not forget, this country was founded and prided on the fact that this is the “land of the free… so long as you aren’t a woman, a homosexual, a transgender, or another other social/ethnic minority.” This is why this issue is so important and spans far beyond it’s own confines. It is more than two men or two woman wanting to get married, it is about justice and social equality.
The world seems to be moving forward, and yet, American conservatives continue to try to keep things as they were in the “good ol’ days.” Things change and it is about time for this nation to take a big step forward, swallow it’s pride, and say “I’m sorry.”
I’m sorry I judged you.
I’m sorry I mistreated you.
I’m sorry my biases generated unwarranted hate.
(Source: lazyyogi, via stoicbushido)
Fear is a choice.
Right now, you are reading this and there are quite a few things going on in your head. Some of these things are good, while others might be bad. Some of them make you happy, while others might make you sad. You may even feel an insecurity or two. Even though we have never met face to face, I want you to know something.
Despite all of the things in your mind that are trying to pull you down, despite all of the people who said it could not be done, despite all of the heartache and pain; know that it is going to be ok.
There will come a time in the very near future when you will wake up and take a breath. As your lungs fill with air, so will your heart. Your soul and body will breathe as one and you will be reborn. You will look to your pain and see it as a distant dream to be forgotten in lieu of new horizons, adventures, and love.
You can do it, I believe in you.
-A Friend You Have Not Met Yet
There is a reason why GSP is one of my favorite fighters.
Respect, GSP, respect.
If so, where did you train?
-Misfit Martial Arts, Winchester Virginia (Jiu Jitsu)