Tony’s 2016

June 12, 2016 at 11:18 pm (Uncategorized)

I met someone for the first time recently, and in the course of talking to them I was asked “so what do you like? What are you into?”

This is, of course, an incredibly standard sort of question you might be asked when meeting a person, and my typical response that I really like musical theatre and football left me feeling like I should have something better to say, or at least more to say. In the moment I struggled to come up with anything else. With that in mind, I thought I might brainstorm a list of things I love:

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Musical Theatre
  • Football
  • Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Puns
  • Late Night Meandering Conversations
  • Listening to Other People Talk About Their Passions
  • Looking at the Stars
  • When I’m Having a Bad Day and My Friends Randomly Text Me Out of the Blue
  • Hugs
  • Laughing Until I Cry
  • Being Dry While It Rains Around Me
  • Randomly Singing With Friends
  • Karaoke
  • Pizza
  • Deep Conversations About BIG Things, About Ideas and Truth and truth and Who We Want to Be
  • Burritos
  • Seeing My Friends Do Amazing Things
  • Volleyball
  • Key Changes
  • Books by David James Duncan
  • Buddhism
  • Pugs
  • The Kind of Thoughtful Silence Where Friends Sit Together and Are Content
  • Poems
  • Scrabble

It’s an incomplete list, but it’s a start.

In the wake of Orlando, and in the wake of so many mass shootings and tragedies I wonder sometimes what the hell am doing to make things any better. What can I do right now? I can contact officials, sign petitions, work to raise awareness or volunteer or donate funds, I can finish this degree and hopefully be in a position to create the kind of world we want to live in. I can engage and talk with people more. I can stand up for what I believe in, do my best to live in a way that aligns with my values and ideals. It’s not easy, and sometimes you just feel so helpless. We have to keep working, though.

To all my LGBTQ* friends, I support you. I stand with you. I will make every effort to be a better ally tomorrow than I am today, to not only speak in platitudes but to have my actions reflect my words as well. To my Muslim friends, know that I stand with you as well – the actions of a few do not represent the hearts of many. To all, I hope that we can stand up with love in the face of hate. To harness that love and turn it into action.

I had a thought while watching some of the Tony Awards this evening. It’s been over 4 years since my last show (shouts to A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum) and I found myself wondering how I let life get in the way of something that brings me so much joy. I’m going to try to be better going forward. One step at a time.

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