In a world where hate seems to so easily seep out of peoples soul and out of their skin, it is hard to remember that you are enough. It can be hard to remember that the pieces that make you whole are important. The differences in each and everyone of us is what makes the world an incredible place. Those differences are what can help us be greater than hate.
Differences aren’t easy, but they are what make us unique. Our skin color, our hair, our personality, our thought process. All of those things make up who we each are as an individual and no one should be ashamed of the pieces that make them whole. We have the opportunity as a community to make change in the world and we can only do that if we come together and love each and embrace our differences.
The skin your in
I remember when Owen was born. I was so scared at how the world would look at him. What would he learn from the world, being a boy who was born physically different than the rest? I look back now and ask myself why I let me brain go there? Why, for a second, did I think that the worlds judgment of him mattered. What I should have been thinking, was what can the world learn from my son?
You are no less of a person than anyone else because of the skin you’re in. Your value as a person doesn’t decrease if you were born with conditions that are otherwise deemed, “less then perfect”. We all have something we can take from each other and learn from, if we just allow ourselves to listen. Listen to one another on both sides of the fence. There is value in every thought and conversation. There is so much we can learn from one another to make the world a better place for each and every one of us who are living in it. We can make the future better by learning from the past and at the same time refusing to live in it.
You were born with value
Everyday I look at Owen and see hope. Hope that as a community of blended races and different abilities, we can see the value that each person plays in the world. I hope that we can look at one another and see the beauty in what makes us different, whether that be our skin color or like Owen, being born with a rare disease.
Every single person has value regardless of the skin they entered this world with or if they entered the world with a diagnosis. Your skin color is enough, your disease/diagnosis is enough, you and everything that makes you whole is ENOUGH. When we start as a community to value each and every individual, their life, and the way God made them, that is when we can all be greater than hate. That is when we can change the future and that is when history will stop repeating itself.
Live Large & Stay RARE.