Kermit Says: March to YOUR Beat!

Dear Reader,

Brace yourself for what I’m going to say: the world is filled with haters and people who say and do hurtful and damaging things just to bring you down, throw you off your game, and make you sad, ashamed, or embarrassed about who you are. And while it’s easy to crumble under the weight of such pain, you have to be brave, strong, and remember to live in your truth and be authentically and unapologetically you! Whether you’re bisexual or transgender, Black or Asian, liberal or conservative, an atheist or Jew, there will always be close-minded jerks, bigots, homophobes, racists, sexists, and just plain ol’ idiots. You may not be able to change them or their minds, so why let their words and actions change yours? Never be ashamed of who you are, where you’re from, or the person you wish to be and love. 

You may not always feel like it, but you matter. You matter to so many people—don’t second guess that. You have already or will someday make a difference in the world—but that’s hard to do if you’re always trying to be like everyone else. You were born to march to the beat of your very own drum, so don’t let anyone tell you there’s anything wrong with being different. Why fit in when you were born to stand out, right?

There are people whose life’s mission is to make your life miserable—don’t give them the satisfaction. There are people whose life’s goal is to see you fail, who will frame you and defame you—remain undaunted in the fight of life. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do something. Do you want to be the varsity athlete, captain of the debate team, and first seat violinist? Do it! You can do whatever you set your mind to if you believe. Believe. Believe in the beauty of your dreams. Believe in the goodness of your spirit. Believe in the power of your mind, body, and soul. Be(lieve in) YOU and, if you’re not harming yourself or others, live your life and live your truth. Life is already hard enough. Why spend it pretending to be someone you’re not? So, what are you waiting for? Pick up your drum and start marching!

Love,

Kermit

Kermit Says: Be OUTRAGED

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Image Source: Amnesty International

I interrupt the “Be a Team Player” series to bring you an important message…

Over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls chose to defy the odds and get an education to better their lives, country, and the world. But educating a girl means granting them with limitless power, and for some, that’s a scary thing. In an effort to showcase their disapproval and put an end to such “defiance,” Islamist militant group, Boko Haram kidnapped (likely assaulted, abused, and sold) these same Nigerian schoolgirls. And how did the Nigerian government and major American news outlets respond? Well…they didn’t. You could say that between the missing Malaysian Airline and the South Korean ferry incident, there’s just not enough room. And what about Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathon? Simply sending empty promises of comfort and peace with very little action. Therefore, millions of protesters took to social media sites in an effort to raise awareness of the issue by using the hashtag bring back our girls.

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Kermit Says: Be Vocal

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On a recent, restless, insomnia-filled late night, I randomly stumbled upon some old news out of Texas initially reported by the Huffington Post back in November of 2013. Richardson High School hired Christian motivational speaker and co-author of Christian dating books, Justin Lookadoo, to inspire and motivate its students. While Lookadoo did, in fact, inspire his captivated audience, I’m sure their response wasn’t what he imagined. You see, many of Lookadoo’s dating tips stem from a close-minded, misogynistic viewpoint. His books promote archaic conservative ideas like “datable girls know that guys need to be needed. A Datable girl isn’t Miss Independent” or “God made guys as leaders. Datable girls get that and let him do guy things, get a door, open a ketchup bottle. They relax and let guys be guys. Which means they don’t ask him out!!!” or my personal favorite, “Datable girls know how to shut up.”

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