Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It Gets Better

I have a confession: I am straight. Utterly and completely straight.

And yet, when I came about the It Gets Better project, I teared up while watching some of the wonderful videos on their website. 

The goal of this project is to show gay, lesbian and transgendered youth, especially suicidal ones, that a good future does wait for them - one filled with love, success, friends, fun, joy and all other things grown ups know there is to life, which is sometimes invisible to young people.

But I also relate to the message - I was bullied for many years as a child. I was too different, too sensitive, too desperate for love, too loud, too silly, too smart and on top of all - too fat. One of the great wonders of my life (to me) is how I managed to grow up to be a loving compassionate woman and not a bitter, spiteful, miserable person. Somehow, I always find the power to continue - despite adversities and no matter how lonely I feel.

So I relate to the wonderful message of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and would like to add to it - No matter how "strange" you are, persevere, educate yourself about being fabulous and reach out to people you can relate to and don't lose hope, because no matter what injures your soul - It does get better.

Erez and Moti sharing a donut on Hanukkah

My puppet Erez and his partner Motti.
I am indeed a proud mother!


Anonymous said...

That was just so beautiful. You could've been wrting about my own childhood. Many times I have wished I could go back and tell that scared young girl what wonderful things were waiting for her down the road. But since I can't I have tried to teach my own children the value of every human who shares this small planet with them. To respect even those you disagree with and to love and embrace the different. I love you Sharona. You are a beautiful amazing woman and I will always be grateful that the internet allowed us to meet.

Sharona R - שרונה ראובני said...

Thank you! Such beautiful words.

tonnaree said...

Pssst.....that comment up there was me. I didn't mean to be anonymous but apparently I didn't do the right thing to sign my name. :-}......your loving fellow SA, Tonya

JacBer said...

It's easy to forget when you are feeling lonely that others are feeling just as lonely.
We have a long way to go to be better to each other :-)

Sharona R - שרונה ראובני said...

I suspected it might be you, my dear Tonya. Thank you again!

Yes indeed Jac, there are many of us "good guys" around though :o)

niftyknits said...

I remember wishing I wasn't clever when I was a kid, so life would be easier. You spread a good message here Sharon - I'm glad to have met you also!