Purple

Stay strong.

Yesterday was Spirit Day, and people all over North America wore purple to help give support to those who have had to endear bullying because they were gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. I was one of those people because I strongly believe that no one ever, EVER, should have to be made fun of, ridiculed or shunned because of who they chose to love.

Now, I’m sure a lot of people thought, “Oh, wearing a colour isn’t going to make a difference”, but it’s the thought that counts. I wore a long-sleeved purple shirt under my short-sleeved work uniform and several of my regular customers who are gay (and were also wearing purple) noticed and smiled. How can you not appreciate someone who supports your life choice?

When you think about it, wearing a certain colour on a certain day is a much more subtle way to show support, rather than announcing where you “like” it on Facebook. (BTW, check out Lauren’s post here, which explains that more and which I fully agree with her on) Not that I’m dogging breast cancer supporters; I just think there’s better ways of showing your support.

Most importantly, we just have to remember that NO bullying is acceptable, whether it be because of your sexual preference, your race, religion or otherwise. If you are bullied, you need to know that there is a whole other world of people who are like you and love you for who you are, no matter what.

Enough is enough.

Let’s end bullying.

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50 Questions, Part 7

Man, I love a good long weekend! Who can argue with a four-day work week? Not me! Too bad I have a million other things to do and not enough time to do them all. Oh well! In the meantime, here’s Part Seven of 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind.

You can read Questions 1 to 40 here.

41 .If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
My closest friends and family. They’re all that matters in the end.

42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
Not at all. I’m okay with being average on every level.

43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

When you’re truly living, you’re aware of what you’re doing and are taking those actions with your own free will. When you’re truly living you feel blessed and amazed to be doing what you do.

44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
When it starts to go through your head so much that you can’t eat, sleep or think about anything else. Sometimes, you just have to trust your gut.

45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
Because we never like to be wrong, and trying several times is time consuming.

50 Questions, Part 6

Read my answers for #’s 1 through 35 here.

36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
In your own mind, yes. But to others, what you deem as “good” may be viewed as “evil” to others. For example, being gay is not viewed as being evil to those who have an open mind, but to some it may be seen as being evil, disgusting or wrong. So yes, it is possible to know what is good and what is evil, but it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
If it were only a million, no. But I could live a lot comfortably, like mortgage free or car payment free.

38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
Right now, I’d like to have more of my time be consumed by work I actually enjoy doing.

39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
I sure have.

40.When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
I honestly don’t know. Usually I have a good grasp on what I believe in before I march into the unknown.