“It’s important that our generation takes the necessary steps to build the world up. With our current leaders, things aren’t getting done properly. I pride myself on being the first one outside with a sign to let others know it’s okay to be themselves.
Back home, I had the chance to march for women’s rights as well as LGBTQ+ and black lives. I don’t know if you’ve ever protested but it feels your entire being up with pride and joy. Did we experience some violence? Yes. But this didn’t come from our side. We were peaceful. The opposing side is who shot rubber bullets and maced us. It turned it from peaceful to violence.”
“[Who is Will?] I don’t know. I ask others around if they have seen him before… I get the same response back every time. He’s neither here nor there. Trying to find him is a lot like walking through a portal, I see the glass he last dropped and pick it up, and I can barely identify the face looking back at me. It’s just a stained crack in the mirror. A boring father.. widower… lacking substance in his day to day life I’ve been dealt a great deal of pain before. Nothing I would say is like the beast of anger. It compliments euphoria… it feels lovely when it seeps away like hot crimson I have many scars to tell a story. But hallucinations are just that… I figure. Stories desperate of narrative. [I’m afraid of] being put into a box with the same man I fear that I’m becoming. Over the years I’ve lost sense of who I am. The line between reality and a nightmare is thinning. My main concern now is waking up in a sea of people I don’t know… when I don’t really know myself either.”
It’s well known that we all come from somewhere. Some of us are born right here in Clifton Forge while the rest of us come from all over the country… Maybe even all over the world. Regardless of where we come from, we are all part of the same desire to be seen, be known, be loved. Clifton Forge Telegraph presents it’s new running articles called Humans of Clifton Forge; a book of street portraits and interviews collected from all walks of life on the streets of our city – modeled after Humans of New York. This will allow us to experience others in the way we never thought we would. Read the stories, connect with one another and maybe make some new friends. Blair Stagger will be cruising up and down the avenues; collecting stories from Clifton Forge citizens as she sees them. Feel free to leave a submission that you would like an interview to be featured in this new series of audaciously private, inspiring, and raw stories