I Look Forward To

I look forward to the day when my skin does not afford me more of a privilege than those of other colors and shades. We are part of the same human race, each unique, like our fingerprints, yet the same because we have hearts and brains that want and deserve to live with calm, peace, and love.

I look forward to the day when I am not defined by my gender but by my being a member of the human race. We should not be graced with privilege or limited in freedoms based on our gender, preferred pronoun, or sexual preference.

I look forward to the day when my religion is not held against me, and all can worship freely and safely. Your choice to pray is just that, your choice. To whom you pray and where or how you pray is never a justification for others to impose hatred or violence upon me, you or anyone.

I look forward to the day when respect is an assumed behavior, kindness is a given, and uniqueness is celebrated.

I look forward to the day when people are granted the same opportunities as others. It should never matter who anyone wants to marry or if they have a disability, or what their socioeconomic status, religion, or color of their skin is.

I look forward to the day when people cast their ballot and make their voices heard peacefully, both in person and by mail.

I look forward to the day when the news is filled with positive stories and not overshadowed by reports of violence, hatred, fighting, and killing.

I look forward to the day when I live in a land guided by the written words about equality and justice for all; when honor, authenticity, and the spoken words are not filled with hypocrisy, contradiction and lies.

I look forward to the day when my wish for peace does not sound like a naive impossibility, and my hope for equality is a reality.

I look forward to the day when disagreements are just that and not a gateway for violence, hatred, inequality, and aggression.

I look forward to the day when being upset is welcomed, but violence is not, when demonstrations are peaceful, and destruction is condemned.

I look forward to the day when food, shelter, healthcare, and education is available to all. And with ease.

I look forward to the day when a badge and uniform is treated by those who wear them with the utmost respect for the system they are representing and not as a false justification to act as judge and jury.

I look forward to the day when people can mourn the loss of their loved ones after a long-lived life and not because of a life cut short due to the ignorance and insanity of others.

I look forward to the day when my dreams and hopes become a reality. Maybe one day we will live peacefully in a land where similarities and differences are valued, celebrated, and welcomed, and also the norm.