A year later, I step back to this space. Jote's 30 Days always makes me think, and I love seeing how the idea has spread amongst my friends. I let this blog founder for the year, despite so many stories to tell.
But this... I could do this project on instagram, or even Facebook, but I like separating it a little from the fleeting nature of those forums. Even if this is neglected, less written in, less read... it's also a little more present.
Today's World AIDS Day, and it breaks my heart that we need such a designation. We've come so far. It's not like the bleak early days when it was "the gay plague", not like the late years of high school and early college days when it felt like friends and friends of friends were dying too often, too quickly, too young. But just because it's not ... I was about to say, because it's not in my current circle of friends, family and acquaintances... but now, it's so much more manageable that it may well still be present and just not really discussed.
More manageable. Still deadly. Still heartbreaking. It's a day that I remember those young lives cut short, those fresh faces of my own youth, and applaud the people who remain activists in some form or another.
And it's for them, and for the remembrances, that I'm grateful on this first day of December.