The world is noisy, distracting us from the best versions of ourselves.

Let’s create a new noise. The sound of determination, optimism, creativity. For every violent act, cruel word, and careless rejection, let’s fight back with hope, imagination, and acceptance.

Let’s work our empathy muscles by stepping into the lives of people- real and fictional alike- who open our minds to new challenges and perspectives. Individuals who remind of us ourselves and who we’d like to be.

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” –Emily Dickinson