What I Know (2018 Edition)

(Writer’s Note: I’ve done these posts at least twice now, this makes #3…a pattern? Yes. These are merely my opinions and nothing more.)

I know that the children from Parkland, Florida who are standing up for more gun laws in this country are braver than they have any right to be.

I know that if my boys were old enough, I would want them to know how brave these kids are, and to tell them to be just like them in this life.

I know that gun violence is a problem in this country that can’t be solved until we realize that the right to own a gun isn’t more important than anyone dying from someone using a gun.

I know that there are many responsible gun owners who disagree with me, and that’s okay, but as Doug Jones put in his campaign, “Don’t you want to be on the right side of history?”

I know that if we don’t do anything about access to guns in this country that the rate of mass shootings will not decrease, it will increase.

I know that I spend more time than I should worrying about my kids’ school being the next one that this happens to.

I know that too many of us are positioned at the far ends of political thought but sometimes good conversations can lead to enlightened opinions and changes of mind.

I know that sometimes, social media discussions (a.k.a. arguments, sometimes) can be a force for good and for change in this country.

I know most of you reading this would disagree with me on that, and that’s okay too.

I know that cherishing loved ones, family and friends should be at the top of my list for the rest of 2018 and beyond.

I know that I should probably spend less time in the “On This Day” section of Facebook, at least for a few more months.

I know that my future is secure, in more ways than one, because I have my God, a woman that loves me, kids that are my own heart, and family and friends that care for me.

I know that you can’t know the future, but you know a good thing when you see it, and forgiveness is for yourself, not for others.

I know that forgiveness is not ever a one-time thing.

I know that you may have stopped reading by now, and if you haven’t, you should know that I think you’re awesome.

And finally, I know that life is a series of choices, moments, and opportunities. Making a bad one, or missing the other two doesn’t make or break your life. Just bow your head, thank God for another chance, and get back up and try again.

You can do this. I know…

Because I did.

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