My Facebook friend Christa Maier wrote this. I found it so strong and inspirational that I asked her if I could share it here.
There will always be someone who is afraid of who you are… There will always be people who do not understand, whose concept of the world you challenge by existing, and out of fear these beings may lash out, will seek to challenge your conviction of self and force you into the box of their own narrow realities. There will always be someone who brings hatred to your doorstep for nothing more than your own authenticity. There will always be someone whose fear of your bright and full existence might awaken and seek to smother you. Remember that their fear is theirs alone and that burden is not yours to bear. Live with conviction, intention, a brave heart, and an honest spirit. Do not take on the fear of those who cannot accept you. Theirs is a dark and colorless world and our bravery may one day help them too defeat the virus of fear that rules them and causes so much malcontentChrista Maier