Monday, December 7, 2009


"Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today"

On last week's episode of Glee they did a cover or Imagine and it got me remembering to when I sang that song for the first time.

I went to a camp that promoted social justice, tolerance, and diversity called Anytown when I was 15. That week up in Prescott changed me. I met amazing new people with completely different stories to tell, I laughed, I cried, I cried. I cried. We got to the heart of the feelings felt by completely different people that had experiences.

At the beginning of my stay there I was shy and out of my element and not really knowing what I was supposed to be learning or going through. I wasn't sure what I should be feeling until one amazing man got up and told his story to everyone. He told us how hard it was for him to come out to his family and tell them he was gay. He told us how it was devastating when he found out about a plot his brother was involved in to have him killed for being gay. Right then, seeing the pain such a good friend of mine was going through, such a kind and amazing person, I got it, what anytown was about, and I pretty much just broke down. It killed me that people could do this to one another. That we would go around hurting each other because "it's not right". From then on I really try to be a warrior in the war for social justice- and yes that means gay rights.

I know many of my friends and perhaps readers have political ideologies that lean to the right but this is something that was just on my mind...I hope I don't offend anyone, but...

I dream for the day when people can marry each other no matter their race, religion, or sex and the only thing people will care about is the love that that couple share. Where "good parents" aren't defined by the presence of a mommy and a daddy but any couple who will love their children unconditionally.

I dream about a world where men and women are really equal and a glass ceiling is term to describe the CEO office of MS. Jones- which just happens to have wall to wall windows, where domestic abuse is an unheard of thing from the past and where rape is nonexistent.

I dream about a world where skin color is observed in ways to see how many beautiful hues of people are in this world and not to discriminate and hate people who are a different color.

"You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one"

what are you dreaming for?

ps. I'm also dream of a world where sweet, loving, amazing people get what what they dream for in their lives. Please go over to sweet Summer's blog and send your love.


Rasha @ and this is what she said... said...

Amazing post Mari. Seriously. Don't ever tell me your not a good writer, again.

I dream of all this as well. Dreams should be answered, and one day, all of this will be solved. and quite frankly, I can't wait for that day.

Much and many prayers to my sweet summer. xoxo.

bananas. said...

i dream for that day so much.

i'm quite passionate about it. in SF where the streets are always full of non profit peeps asking for money...i always stop for the prop 8 and gay rights organizations.

let's hope that day comes soon so we can no longer imagine but live it.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Totally with ya! I'm all for Gay rights because it's the right thing to do- I do not understand people who think otherwise. It's awful.

Thank you for the beautiful post.

brittany said...

AMEN SISTA. this issue is particularly close to my heart as i have family member who are gay and have been with their partners for years and decades. it was a sad, sad day in california when prop 8 passed.