Revisited some old quotes from one of my favorite shows- One Tree Hill. This one is from the episode "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept". (If you haven't seen this episode...watch it! Regardless if you've seen OTH)
I think this quote perfectly describes the current times we're living in! Read this a few times and really let it's meaning sink in.
Gosh … I don’t even know where to start. I, for some reason, never pictured a life without you. I guess I just never wanted to admit that one day I would have to face life without you by my side. I can’t even process anything right now because I miss you so much. I think I’m in denial … I keep telling myself that I’m going to see your precious face again. I feel lost and confused. The last forty-eight hours have felt like a trance. My memory doesn’t go far back enough to even remember a life without you. My earliest memory from my childhood was the day we picked you up. I remember it so vividly. The oldest memory I have from over the last three days ended with you. I don’t know why I thought you would live forever. My mind knew that wasn’t possible, but my heart didn’t want to believe it. While I’m writing this, I’m struggling to see through my tears. All I’ve done is cry. I see you in everything. You’re my wallpaper on my phone, my background on my laptop, the framed picture on my desk, and one of the few owners of my heart. Right now, I only see my life split in three categories: my life before you (which I can’t remember), my life with you, and my life after you. The latter is terrifying. I cannot even begin to think about what the rest of my time on earth will be like. How can I live without my best friend, my right hand, my partner in crime, my shoulder to lean on, and my other half? It hurts too much to think. Although everyone keeps telling me you’re in a better place, I don’t believe it. What “better place” than by my side? The world is unfair and cruel. The greatest friends in life are our pets yet they live the shortest life on this complicated planet we call home. I wish so much that I could wake up from this nightmare but, sadly, I am not asleep. I watched you take your last breath while laying in that beautiful sunshine that you loved so much, and although you were ready … I wasn’t. I sat with you just twelve hours before that. Late at night I laid on that living room floor with you. I realized then that I didn’t have much longer with my best friend. I began to sob and you looked at me with those mesmerizing brown eyes.... cont. In comments...
"I lost a special friend today. The kind you can't replace, and looking at her empty bed I can still see her beautiful face. I know she's in a special place where the meadows, fields, and flowers help make them strong and whole again. I know she's watching over me. She'll be with me when I cry, so with one more kiss on her beloved head, I told my friend goodbye." I said goodbye to the best friend I've had for the last 13 years today. Thank you for being my right hand throughout these last 13 years. I can't even begin to imagine a life without you. It's already the worst I've ever felt! I love you so, so much! More than I ever thought I was capable of loving!
Regrann from @sophiabush - The autopsy results on #StephonClark were made public today.
He was shot in the back and neck 8 times. He was shot at 20 times. Eight bullets hit him in the BACK and NECK. Eight. Each doing enough damage to his flesh and bones and nerves and arteries to end his life.
The autopsy estimates that he lived for 3-10 minutes after that, but was he not given any medical treatment by the officers who shot him for 5 minutes after the last shot was fired. He was handcuffed before they began treating his wounds. He died in handcuffs in his grandmother’s backyard.
The police were looking for someone else. A helicopter above saw a man in a yard. There are lots of families in lots of yards across our country. But the police went into this yard and shot this man who they were not looking for. Who simply had his cell phone in his hand. They claim they mistook a phone for a gun. A cell phone in a man’s hand, for a gun with a barrel that would have protruded from a hand. They justified firing 20 bullets at him because of the “fear” that the potential of a gun caused. But they shot him in the back. So the phone that wasn’t a gun certainly wasn’t pointed at any of them.
I don’t care if you know wonderful police officers — so do I. Men and women who I love and deeply believe in — I don’t care if you think this is too hot an issue, too political, too tense. I care that a young father of two was massacred in his grandma’s backyard because a group of men with guns entered his property, did not identify themselves as law enforcement — as evidenced by the tape — and shot a man in the BACK, claiming they were “in fear for their lives.”
No matter where you stand, who you love, or how angry you are, it’s impossible to ignore that we have a major societal problem when a young black father minding his own business with a cellphone in his hand is executed and a white mass murderer with an AR-15 is calmly handcuffed and then called the victim of bullying. We have a problem. I don’t claim to have the answer when asked how we should fix it. But we must do the work. This, too, is gun violence. #SayHisName#BlackLivesMatter#MarchForOurLives - #regrann