FINDING BEAUTY IN DIVERSITY

One Sunday morning my dear friend and I stopped at a small establishment to get a bite to eat. We found our way to a table and began flipping through the menu. I happen to notice a very chiseled gentleman walking toward us, his white shirt casually tucked into the waistline of the black slacks. Upon approach, he began to speak. "Welcome gentlemen, can I start you off with anything? Something to drink?" I noticed his strong accent and had to ask, "We're ready to order, and excuse me for asking...where are you from?" He replied, "It's no problem, I am from Moscow." I expressed my vast appreciation to him for sharing that with me, he took our orders and went on his way.

We then sat in silence for a few moments. I began gazing across the room in a very whimsical state, listening to the conversation's, the laughs, children etc., in complete awe. Something had come over me. I began to resonate, I'm of Irish descent, my best friend sitting across from me is of Haitian descent,  born in Austria. There is a Spanish couple at the table next to us, an interracial French couple at the door waiting to be seated, and our order is being taken by a fine gentleman from Russia. Reality had one again, shown its face.  

"I began gazing across the room in a very whimsical state, listening to the conversation's, the laughs, children etc., in complete awe."

So many people in just one small area, so many stories from so many different walks of life. Bloodlines tracing from all over the globe. I have now become overwhelmed with pure joy. Our stories are what make us incredible, our stories are what unify us, our stories are what make us... beautiful. 

I don't really care for the phrase "taking it for granted" because from the time we wake up to the time we fall asleep we are taking things for granted. However, this is something that so many are unappreciative of.

"Our stories are what make us incredible, our stories are what unify us, our stories are what make us... beautiful."

We live in a world that strives for "acceptance" when in reality, everything that makes you different, everything that makes you stand out is what makes you beautiful. We must be encouraged, and encourage one another to support our heritage, our culture, our diversity. It is such things that make human beings so eccentric, and to me just incredible.

Nick Shoemaker, born in Annapolis, Maryland. Son of a Carpenter and my mother was a homemaker and is now a nurse. I have battled many things like self hate, depression, ADHD and a mild dyslexia that let into a drug addiction. I am now 5 years sober, and Currently living in Los Angeles, California. I have had the privilege to indulge in many outreach mission trips to places like Jamaica, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Mexico. Acting, directing and producing are the overall goal, but I am currently working in production as a coordinator. Life's too short, sky's the limit, you can fail pursuing a life you hate, so you might as well take a chance on something you love.