It’s hard to believe that it's nearly been eight months since the fatal Pulse Night Club shooting. As a gay man of color, the tragedy hits super close to home. Although I don’t live in Orlando loved ones made it a mission to reached out to assure I was safe.
I remember waking up that Sunday morning scrolling through social media in disbelief that something so horrific would happy in 2016. In a time where I’m privileged to marry, be a parent (if I choose), and openly love another man I still have to look over my shoulder.
Without a doubt, this massacre was by far the worse in American history and an awakening moment for the LGBT Community. I can’t help, but ask WHY? or better yet HOW can someone find space in their heart to do this?
An evening that started off as a celebration unfolded to and evening that resulted in life or death.
It’s obvious we all derive from differing backgrounds, beliefs, and morals, as Americans but our common thread above all things is love.
In other words, we are all made and cut from the same cloth of humanity. It all resorts down to choice and respect for one another. Sadly, there are those among us who choose to inflict pain oppose to bridging a gap in our differences.
Thank God for the courage within Angel Colon who survived that fatal experience. You may have seen his face or even heard his story, but Colon is on a mission to spread love and tolerance.
When some might have chosen to dwell on the unfortunate circumstance he’s paired up with The Unlocked Project releasing limited edition refocusing bands and a necklace. These bands and necklace are a constant reminder to shift my energy when life gets rough.
Especially, in the current climate of our country, we must remember that we are the ones in full control of how we respond to things.
Some years ago I read Invictus and it said,
Never give your power away in this journey of life. Things won’t always go our way or even how we plan, but there is always a choice in how we bounce back. No matter the situation keep that in mind.
Let’s not forget after the elevator fight Beyonce didn’t even flinch. She smiled and kept it moving.
I myself can relate to unfortunate situations occurring in my 27 years of living, but what I’ve chosen to do is keep going. Looking back at times when I had no money, no car, or losing my job I could have easily thrown in the towel, but I chose to face adversity straight on. This speaks more to a person's character rather than the situation.
If I gave up every time I was faced with hardship, I’m not quite sure where I would be today.
Angel serves as a beacon of light. What he’s endured is remarkable to persevere. It would super easy and understandable for someone in his shoes to hide under the covers instead he’s used his energy for the greater good.
I see these bands as a source of continued inspiration. Life is literally what we make it. Perspective is everything along this journey.
It gets a tad trying here and there, but it's doable. Always remember someone has it just a little hard so always be grateful.