As I waited in the line to go through airport security my apple watch was buzzing and blinking, as I boarded the plane, buzzing and blinking, as I waited in Tuscon for my mother's plane to touch down, more buzzing, more blinking. All day long I receive notifications about the horrific news across the world, car crashes in Barcelona, crap our president is doing and the list goes on. I'm sure if you have a smart phone, if you're online, you've seen it.
"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." - Dr. Suess
As we settled into our Airbnb for the night, the desert sun sinking below the mountains, the saguaro cactus jutting up into the sky I was utterly at a loss for what to do with myself. The anxiety griped at my heart and I was agitated.
This is a time to band together, to speak up to show love to our friends, our family, our neighbors. In a time when we all live so visibly and loudly online, shouting our opinions to the world now is the time to create a change of good. Spread a message of love, compassion, acceptance. We were all there in high school, somehow being excluded from some lunch table or group and yet we continue to do this to people as we grow older. Fuck that.
"All we need is love." - The Beatles
Every winter for New Years Eve Yves Saint Laurent would design a love letter and mail them off to his friends. A collection of them now hang in his Marrekesh home. Spread love, call your friends and tell them the great things about them, create a larger circle of loving and supportive friends. Love yourself, love your friends and let your love light shine.