All my life, I never wanted to believe or live by the saying, “everything happens for a reason”.
It seemed forced and expected. “People say that because they have no other way to make themselves feel better about the circumstances they are in.”
Ignorant me, I only saw the negative aspect of the saying. More recently (starting a couple years ago), I finally believed in the saying. Life was turning and I couldn’t resist using the phrase. Then, I fully understood.
Over the weekend, I had the honor of being invited to experience something I probably would have never thought about.
Adoption. Adoptee. A documentary about a Korean baby who was adopted by an American family.
It all started as a KickStarter project.
My producer from KTOWN, produced this documentary.
I really wanted to bring my son Tyler to share this experience, but the event as a whole was mainly for adults, so I opted not to.
Open bar isn’t a place for children. :P
I’m not going to say too much about this docu-series because my point in sharing this is to have you watch it for yourself.
Before I got there, I knew I was going to cry. During the screening, I cried 80% of the time. Thank god Bear had a pocket square, I used it to blow my nose and wipe my tears.
The emotions that ran through my body and mind were indescribable. As a mom, I felt pain and guilt. As a child, I felt nervous and confused. As a viewer, I felt happy and proud. It was definitely an eye opening process.
I never thought about adopting a child, but after watching AKA DAN, I wanted to adopt.
The biggest fear I have about my son is the fact that I NEVER want to make him feel like he’s not loved. Especially when I have future children with my new husband. But to watch a grown man, who was once a child, go through life, being a part of something unknown yet so familiar was shocking. Only because I didn’t understand.
It made me think about the things that I’ve never thought to imagine. How it would be to be an adopted child. To grow up knowing what you have is real but in reality, things don’t really add up.
I felt so unappreciative of my life, unaware of everything else that is going on in the world. How minute I felt compared to everything else. The world is normal and there’s everything else that makes it special. People like Dan.
Dan has provided a look into his life, an adoptee’s life. Something most of us will never know and feel.
This documentary was provided for us to be bigger in our thoughts and actions.
This docu-series was able to get here because of Dan, because everything was meant to happen.
And going back to the phrase, “everything happens for a reason,” it truly does. You’ll only believe it more after you watch it.
The docu-series is set to air on ISA YouTube in March and I hope to have piqued your interest.
All I wish is for this series to have a worldwide view to help people understand the full cycle of procreation and life.
Be open minded, be free.
THANK YOU DAN aka DAN for connecting us to your magical story and awakening my spirit/soul.
THANK YOU to Dan’s crew for making his personal story into a reality.
The screening took place at the Japanese American Natural Museum on Feb. 1st, 2014.
Below are some photos I took at the event. It was a great turnout and saw a lot of familiar faces…
Here are all of Dan AKA Dan’s social feeds, if you’re interested in knowing what’s to come…