Happy Belated Pride
As I was reading this week everyone else's posts about their pride weekend, I realized I should do one too. So happy belated Chicago Pride! I had a good time Sunday. I missed the parade and arrived to Boystown late. Unfortunately no one really coordinated their schedules well and my friends were scattered all over Halsted. Once I started drinking I was all over the place too. Things didn't go as I would have liked them too but I still had fun. Next year I am making sure I do not take a vacation in June!
On a serious note, and please forgive me if I sound preachy, I would like to say that despite the excessive drinking I still have not lost sight of the true meaning of gay pride. Yes, the parade is boring as hell and I don't really feel bad having missed it, but I realize how fortunate I am to live in a city that embraces such an event. I also realize how unfortunate I am living in a country that still doesn't recognize the LBGT community as being equal. I will admit I can be one of the most self-absorbed, superficial and shallow people I know, but I try my best to do some good in this world and support the causes I believe in. I am not posting today to push advertise my own beliefs, but I would like to pass along a bit of advice to whoever happens to read this. Take responsibility for the world around you. Don't just simply "live". Do something postive with your life and make a difference in the lives of others!
I spent last year volunteering at the Howard Brown Health Center. Giving up even a few hours of my time every week was grueling, especially with school and work. For pride this year, I decided to become a memeber of the Human Rights Campaign. I may not have the time anymore to donate, but I made a financial sacrifice and gave up the $20 a month subscription I had to an internet porn site and put it toward a cause I am proud to be associated with.
It's so easy to get caught up in life's everday dilemmas, but I don't believe we should settle with simply being here. Surely there is more to life than that.
So in the words of Britney Spears "Get up out of your seat, Why don’t u do something?"