A few weeks ago, a friend of mine posted a twitter challenge where you list the different things that you’re interested in. From A-Z lists to favourite reads. I decide to do a childhood memories list for my last blog post. I remember writing about specific experiences for each year of my life until the “end” of my childhood, which was 18.
Now I’m generally a flippant person when I’m dealing with things that I do not want to remember, and I was writing about something that happened to me when I turned 18. Hahaha, let me just say this, that blog post went unfinished. As I continued to write about that particular experience, I just started crying. In that moment, I realised that there are a lot of things in my life that I have brushed aside because I know that confronting them will take time and energy. I’m all about positive vibes so why would I delve into something that makes me feel less-than-human?
Here’s the thing people; this world is full of A LOT of negativity. A lot of pain and sadness. You walk through town and see a mother seated with an infant on the pavement; begging for money. You see students in school demonstrating, or grown adults getting teargassed and beaten by cops. You see our politicians/government officials/private corporations stealing from us in plain-sight. It is, indeed, a painful world to live in. Where are we supposed to get the strength to change the world when we’re constantly being barraged with images and words about the state of our economies and current affairs and all that jazz?
I am a firm believer in positivity. I believe that it IS possible to make a difference, no matter how small it is. I want to raise my children in a world where the meaning of ‘humanity’ is not only evident during disasters. A world where concepts like Ubuntu are common place. A world where they will not be ostracised because of their sexuality or religion. A world where they will not be discriminated against because of their gender, race or ethnicity. These thoughts may seem too namby pamby for a lot people, because we are so used to taking “realism” as the only way to view the world. But remember this; the people who created the biggest revolutions in the world were once thought of as crazy or not being realistic enough.
A wise man once said that the things that upset you most are the things you were put on this earth to change. I have found my cause; race and gender. Colourism related issues and societal double standards for women make my blood boil with anger. As much as I may have faced a lot in life, as long as these issues are still pertinent in my world, I have a reason to hold on, fix myself up and try to make the change that I want to see in the world. This week/month, depending on when I get the strength to write again, I want you to challenge yourself. What is your cause? What is the one thing that angers you most in this world and if you had the power to change it, you would? Take a long, hard look into yourself and find your cause because once you do, NOTHING, not even a category 5 life-storm, can break you down.
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