in light of the events last week, i think many of us (esp. us privileged white folks) are asking ourselves, what do i do? because acceptance – in its purest form – is not an option. (to accept the current state of our world would be a crime.) i think many of us – aware of the dangers of donald trump, the ravaging inequalities in the world, the backwards systems we have in place, the destruction on our earth and selves – feel quickened into verb. we feel the urgency to DO something. but what verb do we choose? to yell? to fight? to organize? to buy a one-way plane ticket to bermuda?!
i’m not sure what to do, except to put in the work and do what i can. so i’m starting a new blog. (i’ve been wanting to do this for a while now anyway.) in the past few years i’ve definitely questioned the written word’s tangible power in changing the world, and especially doubted the power of “blogging” as an action; but in the past week alone, i know i’ve been consoled by something even as simple as a friend’s writings on FB, and i know i’m inspired by maria popova’s writings on brain pickings, and another favorite blog called “walking to listen,” and my dad’s blog for the washington post. sometimes, when i read good writings (even online), it almost feels like having a conversation with an old friend; i feel as if my own thoughts, worries, anxieties, loves and joys are being heard and understood, and i feel less alone. and that in itself is a feeling worth fighting for.
besides, it is time to act in whatever way we can, and this is what i can do. i can write. for those of you who are unafraid to speak in front of a room of people: please grab a microphone. for those of you good with money: please start fundraising. for those of you who are athletic: run a marathon or host a sporting event in the name of a better world. for those of you who are unsure what you bring to the table: just your presence and openness and engagement with these issues (in the physical as well as virtual world) is enough. for all of us: let’s be kind to each other, let’s cook food for each other, let’s take care of ourselves, let’s stay informed. we can only do what we can, but i believe what we can all do has infinite possibility.
thank you for reading.
p.s. i stole the phrase “quicken into verb” from the poem i quoted in the excerpt for this post. it’s called “oysters” by seamus heaney and it’s about luxury and privilege and acquiescence and action, with much more depth and beauty, in a nutshell. my high school english teacher explained it better to his students than i just did (thank you, joe riener), but they are certainly words to live by.