I remember, almost twenty years ago, going on the first date with my wife. I remember our first movie together. I remember holding hands and driving around for hours as we soaked up every single second of new love.
We would walk around the mall and window shop furnishings for our future home. We’d stop and get frozen yogurt parfait cups at this little stand inside the mall and sit on a bench watching people walk by.
We had hope for the future.
Future that included picking out a wedding ring and the thrill of a proposal, the excitement of being new parents, and discovering who we were as we grew up from teenagers to adults.
Today the most dangerous thing we can do, as people and as a country, is lose hope.
I believe in the power of change. I believe something better is on the horizon.
Somewhere in a room, in a city, a young man or woman is deciding to grow up and run for political office. They will revolutionize the country with a platform of unity, peace and love.
Somewhere in a patrol car a police officer is making the choice to go out for another shift and do what is right even with a target on their back and today, in this moment, they will save a life that will start a movement and turn the tide against hate and division.
Somewhere on a playground a kid will look up from a text message to see bullying and put down their phone to stop it, changing the life of the victim and giving them hope that there is still good in the world and people do care.
Somewhere a shopper in a grocery store will buy some extra items of food and drive it to a friend or coworker in need.
Someone will find the courage to leave their apartment after months alone.
A terminal diagnosis will be reversed with healing that cannot be explained.
A father will come home.
A mother will find strength she didn’t know she had and stand up to lead her family.
A son will put down the needle and call for help.
A young couple will lock eyes across a bookstore and start a conversation that leads to laughter and a spark of connection.
I believe in hope for now. In powerful, positive change. There is always a reason to fight, to stand up against darkness and show it we will not sit quietly, to break the cycle of anger and make a difference.
I believe the time has come.