Last night, I attended an event at the Lea County Center for the Arts. "Blackness in Latin America Hispanic Art Exhibition." I got to see some of the most amazing paintings and artwork that I had even seen. Such obvious talent and kind artists.
The highlight of the evening was watching some ladies from a Venezuelan dance troupe come and demonstrate their dances in the style of Caribbean. It brought the house down and I even got to meet the two ladies who performed. Super friendly and were of sincere delight. I hope they will pass through this way again some day and bring along more members of their dance troupe.
As I was writing this post this morning, I received some feedback from a friend who bought the print copy of my first book "Trinity and the Bully." Even if I never heard another word of praise for this story, I will always consider this one a resounding success.
She told me that her daughter had read the book and absolutely loved it. Hasn't put it down since it arrived. It reminded her of how she faced the challenges of bullying in her school. She faced them head on, a lot like Trinity does.
I'm forever going to be proud of Trinity. In my mind, she is a living and breathing little girl who is real in the little world I created for her. Her friends, her parents, the adults are all apart of a close knit community with new faces and names emerging from all over. I hope she sets an example for many others across the world, to learn about different people and try to understand them. To help them when they're in need and come to their aide when they're in trouble.
In my mind, that's sort of what a troublemaker is. Not merely someone who is accident prone or clumsy. And never someone who just likes to stir the pot and cause an unpleasant disruption. To me, a troublemaker is someone who will see an injustice and choose to try to do something about it. Even if, and especially if it doesn't impact them at all. Someone who doesn't stand idly by and let others be treated wrong. A troublemaker can be someone who goes against the status quo and try to make a beneficial change for all.
Such people are frequently mocked. Often times when someone goes against the group mentality they are regarded as the oddball. However, how unusual is it to know that something is wrong and let permit it to go unchallenged?