“This year, I experienced two life-shattering events.
One of them was witnessing a death. Two weeks ago, after years of battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia, my father passed away.
The other? I fell in love with someone.
And I can’t tell you how strange it was, to have these two stories running alongside of each other; to watch the light inside of me grow more passionate and alive as I watched another diminish, and eventually, go out.
Yet these experiences, different though they were, taught me the same lesson: that without courage, neither love, nor loss, mean anything.
If there’s something inside of you that needs expressing, then regardless of pride, fear, anger, a sense of right doing and of wrong doing,
regardless of consequence, of reciprocity, of what can and cannot be,
you must say it.
You must say it.”
-Olivia Ketterer, 11-05-2013, Open Mic Night