Stronger Together

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“We’re doing well during this hard time, we want to help you out. We believe in what you’re doing, despite all of those who doubt.”

These words were unexpected, guilt momentarily gripped our hearts.

We never expect a handout, though this is ripping us apart.

But with a tear in your eye, a humble smile on your face, you thanked them for this kind gesture.

A renewed sense of faith to get through this mess, thanks to the kindness of relative strangers.

We see these things in movies, but never think it will happen to us.

But good things come when we stand up for ourselves, even when the fallout is rough.

We keep pushing forward and fighting the man, who keeps kicking us when we are down.

But we won’t be defeated or fading away with community around.

We’re stronger together and they can’t keep us apart, no matter how hard they try.

We’ll walk through the flames and come out unscathed, always side by side.

Stronger Than Before

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When I was younger, I never imagined myself where I am now.

Now, I can’t imagine my life being anything else.

It started out as a little boy’s dream.

It turned into a families’ everything.

Passion, livelihood, dream come true.

Long days, endless nights, consistently fighting to get the upper hand.

To get ahead.

Calm, then crisis, then calm again. Rinse and repeat.

We’ve been close to the edge before, but never this close.

We’ve been left out to blow in the wind, but never for this long.

The longer this goes, the tighter we hold onto each other, and the scarier the fall is.

So we fight.

We fight for our family, our home, for everyone like us who just wants to feel safe again.

So let them throw their words at us from behind a screen.

Let them pretend like they know anything about us.

In the end, it’s about freedom.

Let us be free, and we will show you why the fight is worth it.

We will prove to you our purpose, and come out of the fire stronger than before.

Hold

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The sun shines, but it’s glow casts a deceiving view of the world.

People are scared.

Real answers are rare, true freedom feels false, the unknowns lurking behind every corner.

No one knows how many casualties, lost souls, and broken hearts will remain once the dust settles.

But we do know who will rise to the top and who will fall, because this is all a game.

It’s a game with pre-chosen winners, with no one to warn those who will get lost among the shadows.

The winners have been decided and they get to make the choices.

They tell us what to do, how to do it, and then try to convince us it’s for our own good.

They make us think we need them, and then pull the rug out from underneath our feet.

They make us believe they are good, while they slowly line their pockets on the backs of our hard work.

So here we are now, hanging on by a thread.

Facing our biggest fears.

Trying to pull together so we don’t come apart.

One wrong move and we are all exposed,

vulnerable,

trying to piece together a solution to a problem we don’t understand.

Because what we fear can make us grow,

freeze,

or fade.

We are walking on a tightrope, and no one knows if the net will hold.

So hold on, hold dear, hold steady,

and breathe.