I rarely talk about my political views, mainly because I don’t like hearing other people talk about their political views. To me, it’s a personal thing and everyone is entitled to think whatever he or she wants to think. But I was having a candid conversation with a friend recently and it got me thinking that I wanted to share a few things. You can agree, disagree, comment, whatever you want, but I feel the need to put it out there.

We’re given a very short time on this planet and personally, I want to try and experience as much as I can while I’m here. I want to travel, explore, take risks, laugh, cry, fall in love, make an impact, and ultimately leave a positive impression on the people I meet. That’s what I want to do. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to do what he or she wants to with his or her life. We don’t have to have the same ideas, beliefs, goals, and thoughts, and that’s ok. We’re all unique in our own way; that’s what makes life exciting.

With SCOUTS ruling on same sex marriage and the presence of the LGBT community in mainstream media, it’s an exciting time to live in this country as far as progress in the equal rights movement goes. I believe in equal rights for everyone. I don’t care about your race, class, skin color, or sexual orientation; we all share this world together. We’re all born the same, and we’ll all die the same. I bring this up going back to my conversation with a fiend, because for all the progress we’ve made recently, we’ve also had some of the most bigoted acts of hate in this country happen as of late. And it makes me wonder, have we really gotten anywhere? Has anything really changed in the last 50 years? From Ferguson, to Baltimore, to just recently in South Carolina, acts of pure hate have been ripping the country apart. Have we not learned anything? I don’t have an answer on how to fix things, and I don’t think anyone really does. But here is where I stand and this is what I want people to take away.

I don’t care about your race, class, skin color, or sexual orientation; we all share this world together. We’re all free to believe whatever you want. The good and the band, no one can take that away from you. But I have a problem when you’re beliefs are rooted in hate and stop someone else from trying to live the life that we’re all entitled to live. Lets have a little more love and respect for each other.

End rant.

Mike