I'm over 50 years old - a woman - a lesbian - and I have been kicked in the teeth as much, if not more than anyone - and I still believe. I refuse to be jaded. I refuse to be convinced that anyone is completely beyond hope. I just believe that deep beneath the surface, sometimes deeper than imagined, there is always good. I refuse to believe that anyone or anything is inherently evil. Everyone has the potential for good. Everything has the potential for good. Every terrible thing can be converted somehow.
I do not want to change that belief. It is the core of my hope for the world around me. And I do not want to abandon hope.
But a huge part of that hope is to insist on the best. It is a difficult path. And I have to start with myself, then my closest circle, then my next closest.... First I have to believe it is possible - possible for me - possible for my closest circle - possible for my next....