An activist friend recently asked me how folks continue on in the social justice movement during times like this…when it feels like the forces of evil are winning…when those around us are pushing apathy like it’s the new “it” drug…when chaos rules, greed thrives, hate grows, and the prize seems too far away to keep our eyes on it.
The answer to that question keeps changing and is a little bit different for everyone.
I know some people who focus on work/life balance.
Other folks shut down to recharge on a regular basis.
Still others indulge in debauch and get their party on...hard.
I tend to do a little bit of everything or anything...whatever it takes to get back to well.
I take time for family…not as much as I probably should, but I never claimed to be perfect.
I allow myself to not be perfect…(see sentence above).
I always take Saturdays offline…well, not always.
Didn’t I say something about not being perfect (wink)?
And when I need to crash…when the weight of it all is just too much…when I feel like I’m going to lash out at the next motherfucker who tries to spin hate as love, murder as justice, oppression as empowerment…
…when I need to crash I crash.
As a matter of fact, today I’m emerging from a good old fashioned couch-based no shower taking take-out food munching trash novel reading two day crash!
And I feel better.
I opened up this computer and didn’t resent doing it.
I read my email without dread.
And when I read the first message about [insert outrageous injustice here] I wasn’t filled with apathy…my soul ached but that’s human and okay…
…and my mind responded with thoughts of how the hell we can beat back the bad to make room for the good.
My Grandmother used to say that they call this a struggle for a reason.
I’m going to add that those of us who take up the cause of justice need to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint.
So, take care…take time for you…crash if you need to…watch a shitty movie or read something non-movement/politics/activism/reality related…garden…have great sex…whatever.
The movement…the struggle will be there when you come back…and it needs you strong, solid, and ready to get set and go.
Thanks for the question, Z!