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IT: A short film with a long history

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

A friend of mine texted me the other day and asked me a simple question: "How's you?" I thought a moment. And this is how I responded...

After the inauguration yesterday, I'm...hopeful agin. I, literally, breathed --- I felt my body, my spirit EXHALE. And, in doing so, felt the nation do the same. I didn't even realize that I've been holding my breath --- for the last 4 YEARS I've been holding my breath. And with each event felt myself suffocating a bit more each time: the election of 45, the pandemic, unemployment, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery. There were many days I passed out from a lack of air. But something about seeing the first Black woman take the oath of office for the Vice President of the United States of America....balanced out the Universe and made all the hell of the last 4 years go away? Brought back all the Black Lives that were taken? No. Not even close. But, at least, I was able to exhale. And I thank God for that. We are still standing at a crossroads but at least now as I stand there, trying to imagine what is around the bend that I can't see, I don't feel the sense of doom, anxiety or "what's the point?". At least now, standing at the crossroads, my faith was restored in something I didn't even know, nor was I aware I'd lost. I exhaled and dared to HOPE again.

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