UPLIFTuesdays will feature OLM parishioners who would like to spread some cheer and make us grateful for the faith and community that we have.
Emily Gocon is an incoming Junior at Montclair State University, and she currently studies Lighting Design for Theater. Before college, she was completely immersed in the performing arts, from singing to dancing, which heavily influenced her career choice.
We currently live in a world where darkness and uncertainties continue to surround us, and whenever I feel overwhelmed or scared, I pick up my guitar and sing. In times of fear and worry, art has brought me the most comfort. Creating and doing what I love helps me to forget the world around me as well as provides me a healthy outlet for my thoughts and emotions. Being apart from my friends and some of my family has been difficult, but our bonds have only grown stronger as we continue to support one another through boxes on a screen.
This situation has brought out the worst in some people, and it’s very upsetting that they actively use social media to spread hatred and negativity. Though social media can have its ugly side, it can also bring us the gift of togetherness. We may not physically be with one another, but we are still connected, whether it may be through video chats or virtual masses. Through these dark and trying times, let us all be flashlights for one another. Spread positivity, because you never know who’s listening. Shine brightly to influence others. Inspire those around you to pay it forward and put a smile on someone else’s face. Because though we may be “feeling frightened of the things that [we] don’t know,” we are the flashlights for each other getting us through the night.
Stay safe. Wash your hands. And remember to say “I Love You” to your family and friends.