If your like me, Tuesday was filled with hope, and quickly turned into a Bad Wednesday, and there was a lot of heartbreak and lost hope involved. A lot of fear, dread, anger, and sadness, and justifyably so. The world is a very scary place to be a person of color, LGBTQIA, Muslim, immigrant, woman, or all or none of the above.
So the question remains, where do we go from here? Please keep living. That's the best and bravest thing you can do. To continue to live in your truth of who you are is to show that you are strong and won't go quietly. Please stay alive and keep fighting for each other. Be kinder to one another and stand up for one another. Keep each other safe.
When I was a kid, adults would tell me I needed to "come out of my shell", and so I thought "if I won't come out, I can bring people in", and that's what I'm still trying to do, more or less, only now with comics and weird fantasy. None of this will stop me from creating diverse stories, worlds in which people are a little more kinder, gentler. Where no matter who you are or where you come from, you are deserving of love, joy, and the right to live as you are.
Nothing will stop me from trying to make someone feel a little less alone, a little more normal, and feel more loved and deserving of happiness and safety, even if it's just for a moment, in the best way I know how.
I'll still be here, I hope you will, too. I love you, please stay safe.