“I came out of the closet as a gay man when I was 16, but I came out of the closet as a black man when I was born.”
Time in quarantine feels nonsensical. How can we infuse meaning back into our days– and reclaim our 2020?
“These past three weeks really have been a whirlwind, and it seems like it’s gonna continue to be so. Just about three weeks ago, around Mardi Gras time in New Orleans, covid-19 cases in S. Korea was skyrocketing.”
As a person who could always rely on me, I suddenly saw my unreliability for what it was. I had become unstable, and the reality of it slapped me hard across the face.
“We have been told to be reasonable and rational, and it didn’t work. Now, it is Mapuche way.”
“Morocco is the most beautiful country in the world. Because why? Because we have everything: two oceans, mountains, deserts, fresh water, and sunshine. What more do humans need?”
“All religion, they asking the same thing. Don’t do bad to human. That’s it, this is the thing. Finished. Don’t do bad to human.”
“God can’t give you all, you know. White people, you are rich. You have money and cars, but you are not happy. Black people, we are poor. But we are full of love. We know our neighbors; we can go to anyone’s house to eat and talk. We are full of love. God cannot give you everything.”
I have been painting my life ‘color rosa’. It began as a coping mechanism and grew into a bad habit at best and destructive at worst.
“We are set on thinking that everything is beautiful, but sometimes you have to embrace the ugliness.”