So a weird thing happened to me in late November. I posted a story about a little angel named James and it went viral pretty quickly. I hopped on a flight to Nashville and by the time I landed, I had emails from The Today Show, People, and basically every media outlet you can think of, asking me about what happened. (Here's a link to the original post, I'm guessing you'll have to be logged in on Facebook to see it).
There were a few things that surprised me about this post's quick traction across the internet. First of all, it was really cool to see so many women and men come together to discuss catcalling, to talk about ways to stand together for each other regardless of sex or race, and to basically honor this little boy for being brave enough to speak his mind when he felt that what he was seeing was wrong.
My second thought was -- wow -- we really need more positive news stories. Like, REALLY need them. I studied broadcast journalism in college and we were actually trained to write in a way that sucked people in with negativity and sensationalism. That's part of the reason I decided not to pursue a career in journalism; I couldn't stand the thought of spending my early days as a reporter covering murders and political scandals. That's just not where I want to spend my limited amount of days here on Earth, in a place of fear, hopelessness and worry. No thank you.
In the last few months I've started to completely focus on FB pages and people who share stories that make me feel good while raising awareness about issues and current events. Like anyone else, wherever I look - that's where I go. So if I'm constantly feeding my brain with pain and "what's wrong" then I'll stay in that place for hours, sometimes even days.
I'm grateful for this experience because of all of the new people who have come into my life, for more inspiration then I could ever imagine, and for the possibility to create change together, no matter how small, that might help someone else feel a little bit brighter, lighter, and actually produce results that will be felt on both a small and large scale. Let's continue building an Army of Love because honestly, being loving isn't a passive thing, it requires action and training, and is sometimes more difficult than just looking the other way. But it's worth it. So so worth it.