My Hopes for my Daughter

Though she is just an infant, like most parents, I have hopes and dreams for my daughter.  While I am trying my best to make a good life for her and to expose her to culture, diversity, and the arts, I hope to help her reach her full potential and revel in the simple things.  I want the best for her and for her life to be full and happy.  I want her childhood to be magical, not filled with constant fear.  I want her to feel free to express herself and most importantly, to be herself.  I want her to not be afraid letting the world know who she is in love with, no matter their gender, color, or ethnicity.  I want her to have choices when it comes to her health and well-being.  I want her to know it’s ok if she is unsure about her gender.  I want her to grow up respecting the planet and the plants, animals, and people living on it.  I want her to know we are all one in the same and to not let hate fester in her heart.  I want her to have the freedom to follow her personal spiritual journey and to not feel coerced into a specific belief.  I want her to be strong and independent, and to stand up for what she believes in.

As a side note – I know where I personally stand on political, social, and religious issues, and my intent is not to shove my beliefs down someone else’s throat.  The U.S. is a free country, and with that, we have the freedom to have our own thoughts and feelings, ideas and choices.  However, I do find it deeply disturbing what is going on all over the world today.  I can’t sit back and pretend I am not bothered by reports of animal abuse, hate crimes and hate speech, different groups of people living in fear, being marginalized, profiled, and shunned because of their color, ethnicity, or identity, and people passing judgement because someone goes against what they deem as ‘normal’ and/or ‘right.’  At the end of the day, we all share this planet.  At the beginning of every day, we have an opportunity – an opportunity to do good, to care about others and not just ourselves, to learn and become educated about topics that make us uncomfortable, to remember history and work to not allow it to repeat itself, to realize we don’t know the struggles someone else is facing, and to simply be nice to one another.



Today’s Quote

“I am the one who passed unnoticed before you,
Invisible, in a cloud of secret pain.”

“A small but brilliant advance made today by someone’s awareness may for the moment reach a very small audience, but insofar as it’s valid and beautiful, it will make its way and become part of the whole world of consciousness.”

~Conrad Aiken, 1889 – 1973


Today’s Quote

“This I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.  And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.  And this I must fight against: any religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.  This is what I am and what I am about.  I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for it is the one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system.  Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts.  If the glory can be killed, we are lost.”

~John Steinbeck, 1902 – 1968


Today’s Quote – RIP Stephen Hawking

I am saddened to have learned of the passing of someone I admire:  Stephen Hawking.  May your beautiful soul rest in peace amongst the constellations and galaxies.

“So next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing.  Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.” — Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, 2010

“I have no idea.  People who boast about their IQ are losers.” — Response upon being questioned as to his IQ, in interview with Deborah Solomon “The Science of Second-Guessing”, The New York Times (12 December 2004).

“The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake.  However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at.  While there’s life, there is hope.” — On voluntary euthanasia as quoted in People’s Daily Online (14 June 2006)

~Stephen Hawking, January 8, 1942 – March 14, 2018


Today’s Quote

“If you’re not operating on an instinctive level, you’re not an artist…  Reason over emotion is bullshit, absolute bullshit…  We suffocate ourselves in rules.  I find fantasy liberating.”

“That’s what I love about fairy tales; they tell the truth, not organized politics, religion or economics.  Those things destroy the soul.”

~Guillermo del Toro