On Sunday I attended the Chicago Pride Parade in Boystown, Chicago. In its entirety it was a celebration of humanity, and especially the lives of my brothers and sisters who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, inquiring. Without taking away from the urgent need to celebrate being LGBTQI, I still got the feeling from the crowd and the parade participants that everyone ought to feel pride in who they are.
Be happy to be human and to be alive! Diversity is a beautiful thing! Be proud of the diversity you bring to the human race!
And so, I felt good about myself too. My mental illness self that is also human and worthy to be celebrated.
Because of the celebration, especially through dancing I thought of the song “Human” from The Killers (Album: Day and Age, 2008).
The chorus asks, “Are we human, or are we dancer?” I think we’re both!
I did my best to notice
When the call came down the line
Up to the platform of surrender
I was brought but I was kind
And sometimes I get nervous
When I see an open door
Close your eyes, clear your heart
Cut the cord
CHORUS: Are we human or are we dancer?
My sign is vital, my hands are cold
And I’m on my knees looking for the answer
Are we human or are we dancer?
Pay my respects to grace and virtue
Send my condolences to good
Hear my regards to soul and romance
They always did the best they could
And so long to devotion
You taught me everything I know
Wave goodbye, wish me well
You’ve gotta let me go
Will your system be alright
When you dream of home tonight
There is no message we’re receiving
Let me know, is your heart still beating?
You’ve gotta let me know