It's been about two years since I have written here, and I am happy to be back. In fact, I am excited to report that I am... happy! Unlike when I last wrote here, I can definitively say that I am much happier now than I was two years ago. Not much of my reality has actually changed; but my perspective has. I am no longer struggling to figure out who I am and where I want to go. That being said, I have a lot of work to do to share who I am and to get me where I want to go. But I am excited to do it, so here we go.
I will continue to share stories of success and failure and overcoming fear, because all of that helps make up who I am (and who we all are.) I fundamentally believe that there is nothing that I have experienced that is unique to me. How it has affected me; what my reaction to it has been, and how it has shaped me is unique. But I can't imagine I have ever felt or thought or experienced anything so truly extraordinary that no other human being has ever felt or thought or experienced it, as well. That commonality is what binds us together - through and despite our differences. We are all more common than we are different, and I intend to share my life in the pursuit of highlighting our sameness to increase our togetherness.
I will also write in depth about reproductive rights; reproductive justice; advocacy and access to safe, legal abortion; advocacy and access to birth control; gender equality and myriad other related issues and topics. I intend to bring people together through talking about abortion and feminism and Black Lives Matter and all of the things which are currently being used to drive us apart.
I am not an expert in any of these topics, but that's what makes it so exciting to me. Learning new things; gaining new perspectives on things I do know a lot about -all through self-exploration; reading; watching; streaming and most importantly speaking to and meeting new people.
I know I will not always be right, and I will not always agree with everyone I encounter. But instead of fearing the backlash or negative comments and experiences that are likely to come, I am looking forward to sharing what I know and learn; hearing and learning from others, and seeing if we can't all just get a lot closer in the process.