In which I finally decide to take action…

Sunday morning: I wake up and grab my phone. Moments later I’m overcome with emotion, feeling sad, scared, and angry with the world. Sad for the loss of lives in a community I know and love. Scared for the future of everyone I care about. Angry that the grief I feel is all too familiar, and yet closer than ever to home.

Monday night: I get in bed and set down my phone. Moments later I’m overcome with emotion, feeling sad, scared, and angry with myself. Sad that I already let myself spend an entire day feeling almost normal again. Scared that I won’t ever have the courage to speak out for what I believe. Angry that I’ve let it get this far.

Today I realize that I’m done standing idly by. I’m done assuming someone else will take care of it. And I’m done simply watching everyone debate what they think is best for my country on the timelines of social media.

“Let’s remember that ‘love’ is a verb. And to love means to do something,” Stephen Colbert urged his recent viewers. I’ve decided that we might be able to accomplish something if we all stopped arguing and started loving and doing.

These are some resources I’ve collected. Whatever your beliefs, if you also want to take action, I hope they prove helpful.

Find your Representative (and email them): http://1.usa.gov/1e8pAws
Find your Senator (and email them): http://1.usa.gov/1K9O1ZJ
See how your Senator voted for background checks: http://every.tw/1Z8fekd
Petition to ban assault weapons: http://1.usa.gov/1UxEjk4
Support It Gets Better: http://bit.ly/1aYT0cY
Donate to the Orlando victims’ families: http://usat.ly/1UvYX45
Obtain an absentee ballot: http://bit.ly/1ro1upi
Register to vote: http://1.usa.gov/1hQVkcZ

Here’s to wishing that one day no one has to wake up or go to sleep sad, scared, and angry.

• love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love •

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