I'm curious, interested, and aspiring to be a more active part of the world. I want to learn more about the issues affecting the lives of people today, and become involved in helping in whatever way I can.
People are basically good, and worth every effort. Whether selfish or ambitious or blind, I think most people, face to face with someone in need, want to help, even if they don't know how.
Life is short but worth living, regardless of the hard times. When someone gives me a hand up, how can I not do the same for someone else?
What Gives Me Hope
The big and small acts of kindness and self-sacrifice that I see around me every day constantly inspire and surprise me.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
I would focus my efforts on issues of equality, especially those issues affecting the LGBTQ community, because a foundation that promotes a perception of being as hierarchical does injury to all efforts of justice. Respect and equal rights to all is an essential part of unity and collaboration, and LGBT rights are an obvious place to start.
What/who changed my life and why
"An Unquiet Mind", by Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D, about her personal experience with Bipolar I Disorder and Psychosis changed my life because previously I felt entirely alone in my experience with mental illness, the same diagnosis as she had, with no one to understand or clarify. Her book made me realize that my passion for knowledge and insight and my desire to communicate these things did not have to be thrown away with my disorder. Instead I realized that I have all the talents and interests I previously had. The only difference is that now I have a true passion to change the world by helping and enlightening people and by constantly becoming more enlightened myself.
"I have often asked myself whether, given the choice, I would choose to have manic-depressive illness. ... Strangely enough, I think I would choose to have it. ...I honestly believe that as a result of it I have felt more things, more deeply; had more experiences, more intensely; ... worn death 'as close as dungarees', appreciated it - and life - more; seen the finest and most terrible in people ... But, normal or manic, I have run faster, thought faster, and loved faster than most I know. And I think much of this is related to my illness - the intensity it gives to things." --Kay Redfield Jamison, "An Unquiet Mind"
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