Hi everyone and welcome to another blog!
I want to apologize for being MIA for a couple weeks. I was first very busy with my small business, then I just felt like it was not right to write about a topic that dismissing what was really happening in real life - in American, and everywhere else.
I just want to take this moment to say that although I may not know how my sisters and brothers feel/are feeling, and I cannot put myself in their shoes, I stand with them and I fight with them. As a person of color who has felt discrimination, prejudice, and racism, I know what it feels to feel “other” “different” and sometime just not wanting to be in your skin. I want black and brown people to know that you are not alone and that you have someone here for you. You have someone you can talk to about how you are feeling. You have someone else that has felt othered and through that otherization we can come together and speak about what we feel and what we can do about it.
This year has been a year to learn from. This year will be in history books - and I hope it wont be whitewashed like it has in the past.
Black and brown folks have been tested this year. From discrimination and hate crimes that the coronavirus has brought to the Asian community to the unjust deaths of unarmed black men and women DURING the coronavirus pandemic. There has been social unrest for p.o.c. People of color are livid and they want justice, reparations, and equality.
I applaud every single individual that has been protesting out in the streets and also on social media. I applaud how the community/ country has been able to come together during this social distancing time. I really do appreciate how many people have risked their health to SHOW UP and let the “Euro-American” system / institutions know that they want JUSTICE for ALL. I appreciate all the different ways influencers, authors, news reporters, educators, professors have taken this time to teach everyone about systemic racism, white privilege, white fragility, and dismantling the masters house (in the words of Audre Lorde). I appreciate how all different races, ethnicities, and backgrounds have come together to fight for Black Lives and police brutality. This is what they call UNITING AND NOT DIVIDING.
In these moments of uncertainty, racism, and violence I want to remind everyone that
it is okay to feel weird/ sad/ emotional about what is going on
it is okay to take a break
It is okay to check your mental health
it is okay to go offline to a couple days - especially if you feel like it is messing with your mental health
It is okay to not know what to do - but just know that there are so many things that you can do [ sign petitions, donate, educate yourself, etc.]
IT IS OKAY to feel NOT OKAY.
Just remind yourself to take care of yourself mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
Remind yourself to take a breather.
Remind yourself that you are not alone.
Please everyone, if you are not feeling like your best self reach out to your friends and family. Reach out to me. I am here for you.
Por favor, yo estoy aquí para ti, sino te sientes bien.
I just wanted to thank everyone that has been doing the work - is doing the work, and I also wanted to remind you that it is okay to not feel okay. I also wanted to let everyone know that I am here for you and many others are here for you too!
Much love and I appreciate the fighters,
Mi Vida. Your Life.
Rest in paradise, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd (and many others).