bestrong

Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.
—  Leila Sales 

Todos nacimos en la misma sociedad, ésta sociedad que juzga, excluye, humilla y odia a algo que desconoce y cree diferente. Ésta sociedad que es machista, racista, homofoba e injusta. A todos desde pequeños nos imponen “valores” desde el punto de vista de nuestros familiares, a todos nos hacen odiar y juzgar lo diferente. Yo también estuve en contra del aborto y odié a las personas que lo cometian, hasta que me di cuenta de las injusticias y las desdichas que les pasan a miles de niñas y mujeres producto de el machismo, la desigualdad y la falta de libertad a decidir. Yo también juzgué a chicas por disfrutar de su cuerpo como deseen, hasta que comprendí que todos somos libres, que las mujeres debemos salir de la inferioridad, que debemos apoyarnos y dejar de apoyar al machismo, pues si a un hombre no se le juzga por vivir su vida como quiera, ¿por qué a las mujeres si? Yo también me reí, hable mal y repudié a gays, lesbianas, trans, etc,. Hasta que reflexioné y supe que estaba haciendo mal, porque quien soy yo para juzgar el amor, quien soy yo para decidir a quien los demás deben amar, en el corazón no se manda. A todos nos imponen pensamientos y opiniones absurdas, pero tú decides romper con eso. Amense, quieranse, disfruten, ama a quien quieras, vive tu vida como quieras, sé quien quieras, todos nacimos libres, y todos tenemos derecho el derecho de ser feliz y luchar por lo que somos.

~Niiky

We had a power outtage that started yesterday from 7am, and didn’t get fixed until roughly 1:30pm today. We repeatedly called our electric company. Thought we were just forgotten about, as only a small portion of our road runs on a seperate grid. We found out today, that a neighbor or two down the road had broken trees and ice collapsed on their lines and didn’t call in.

When we asked the company when it could be done, they said “Tomorrow. Maybe.” So we proceeded to go to town to buy a butane stove, water, soup, and lanterns. As well as gas for our truck. But when we returned we were shocked to see they were already fixing it. After we just spent the money.

So we used the stove to make the soup. Collected water in a bowl as we washed our hands. And before we finished our meal the electric came on. We aren’t exactly made of money. So we were obviously frustrated. But despite the upset, we were at least glad to have an emergency kit (something we hadn’t had and truly needed)

So we looked at the bright side. For all the tree breaking damage the ice storm had caused. And despite the money we spent. We had an emergency kit, the house itself was undamaged, and it was heating back up faster than we thought it would.

Sometimes that’s what you have to do. As tired as you may be. As weak as you may feel. Sometimes all you can do is look at the small wins. And, sometimes, the small wins can make even bigger ones in the future.