We all know that 2020 has been a year that will go down in history, there is no doubt about that. I find myself questioning though if it’s really all bad. I’m a natural optimist, like literally try to find the good in every single situation. The lockdown that happened because of COVID-19 caused us all to take a step back and realize the things that really matter in life. Spend quality time with loved ones and notice the things we wasted our time and money on before.
Now, just as things are starting to open back up, but certainly not be “back to normal” rather a new normal we had the murder of George Floyd happen. This unlike other crimes against BIPOC has not only the entire United States in an uproar, but also the entire world. There have been protests in London, Toronto, Paris, New Zealand, and the UK. We all agree that there needs to be massive action taken and a lot of educating of white people needs to happen.
I need to learn more and find ways that I can contribute to the cause in a more meaningful way. My words can only do so much, it’s my actions that are going to be what make a change, but I can’t expect my actions alone to be what changes things. We all need to act. Here is a google doc that I have been referencing as well as going to Change.org , 8cantwait.org , and blacklivesmatter.com as resources and searching for black owned small businesses that I can support like thelipbar.com . These are just some of the things I’m doing to start being better and doing better. I recognize that the fact I have to actively think about where I’m shopping is a sign of my ignorance and lack of action before, but I vow to make this a natural part of who I am and how I spend my money.
I also know that during these times we need a way to cope, understand our own feelings, and get through. I often turn to quotes of inpsiration. I find ways to ensure that my heart is in the right place when I share how I’m feeling and how I’m being proactive. Here are some quotes I’ve come across this week that have really resonated with me and helped pull me out of the “fog” that there seems to be surrounding the days.