I have been feeling a bit lost for the past few months, and I’ve struggled with the things that typically feed my soul.
I stepped away from political conversations for a little while. I couldn’t reconcile the commonly held belief that the time for civility and compromise had passed with my own need to engage, understand, and find the common ground we all know exists.
I felt like my footing in the social justice movements was shaky; I was uncertain how to speak from a place of privilege without drowning out the marginalized voices that deserve to be heard.
I came dangerously close to giving up on my dream. I became overwhelmed with the effort and sacrifice required to get there, and I forgot about the purpose and passion that made it all worth the climb.
Needing, Seeking, and Finding Inspiration
I had lost my way and many of my former sources of inspiration had become sources of confusion and stress. It was time to find inspiration in unexpected places.
The “Comedy” Special that will bring you to tears
If you have not yet taken the time to watch Hannah Gadsby’s entire Netflix special, you need to make time. Make time. Don’t put it on the in background while you are doing something else. Sit. Listen. Laugh. Really listen. Cry. Laugh again. I dare you to come away uninspired.
Six-Hour 12-Hour YouTube Black Hole that Hasn’t Actually Ended Yet
I fell into a YouTube hole that I have not quite emerged from after discovering a speech delivered by writer/producer/director Dustin Lance Black. If you aren’t familiar with him, Lance won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Milk, and his recent TV mini-series When We Rise is definitely worth 8 hours of your time.
But beyond his work in Hollywood, he’s an activist and an advocate. Lance doesn’t just write scripts about the critical history of social justice movements, he makes history in those movements.
The common theme that resonated so strongly for me across both Hannah and Lance’s messages was the need to tell your story. YOUR story. YOUR truth. From privilege, from oppression, with laughter, with tears… your story has value.
Ironically, this message that I needed to hear is a message that I had tattooed on my arm earlier this year. This is a message so important to me that I literally had it embedded into my skin. I see it every day. And yet I forgot the essential truth:
read. listen. engage. do good. do right. cry. laugh. dream. accept. love. live your truth.
tell your story.