This is a blog-bit by Jamie Tworkowski, 28-yr old founder of the non-profit org To Write Love on Her Arms, which aims to present hope to people who are far, far away from hope. I love it. I thought it was beautiful. I want to hang it over my bed so it's the last thing I see when I hit the sack and the first thing I see when I hang the sun in the sky.
It's actually a really interesting story - how Jamie started TWLOHA. He'd met a girl who was suffering with painful addictions and had carved "F*ck Up" on her arms with a razor blade. Changed Jamie's life direction permanently. He went from surfer to "souldier". He wanted, he said, to find a way "to write love on her arms."
I happened upon the story by chance. Here's how: I'm a fan of Jon Foreman (former frontman for Switchfoot) and saw this great pix of him wearing a sweet Harmonica shirt* (see pix below). I'm a sucker for cool t-shirts as well as a bit of a detective. When the two collide BAM! I find new fun interesting things. This was no exception. So, I covet Jon's Harmonica shirt, I type in a few wordbites to see if I could score the shirt (i haven't yet) and saw this week's Rolling Stone article. WOW. (Seriously Pollyanna string the prisms on Mrs. Snow's wall and cue the music). I also visited Jamie's very popular MySpace page and thought he had some pretty powerful messages about hope and about what it means to NOT give up on your Self. I was surprised and saddened by how many KIDS feel like they have nothing to offer this world.
Anyway, if you get a chance to read the article, I'm curious to hear your thoughts about it. To Write Love on Her Arms. This is beautiful.