Like so many others, I went to sleep last night and woke up this morning with an unshakeable existential dread sitting heavily on my chest. I've spent the day refreshing reading think-pieces and articles, because reading someone else's words helps quiet my own racing thoughts. I also spent half the day sleeping because that's just how my depression operates. I may or may not have eaten an entire pint of blueberry ice cream in my Obama t-shirt.
Honestly, I don't have anything new or insightful to add to the conversation. I do want to promise you that everyone, especially Women, People of every Color, Muslims, Immigrants, and the LGBTQIA community, will always be welcome and celebrated here. To anyone who still feels as safe in this country as they did two days ago, I encourage you to listen, I mean really, truly listen, to the oppressed and disenfranchised who are gracious enough to share the hurt our country shows them on a daily basis. Reminder: the Internet is the greatest resource in the world. There is so much shock and surprise from the media, from our friends, from everyone on social media that racism and bigotry exist on such a large scale in our country. This is the wake up call our country has brought upon us. History is being written on such an important scale right now. It's time to defend our rights, defend our freedom, and fight for the America we need to exist for future generations. It's time to join together, now more than ever.
Self-care To Do List:
Check up on your loved ones.
Have a meal with people that make you feel safe.
Take a bath. Face mask. Self-massage.
Listen to whatever music makes you feel hopeful. I have Solange's A Seat At The Table on repeat.
Write a thank-you letter to a role model.
Do something kind for someone else.
L.G. Parker's 11 Black Queer and Trans Women Discuss Self-Care
Racist, sexist, and prejudice interactions are at full force today. If you see someone being harassed, please step up. Even if it means to engage that person in a conversation, lock eyes, and ignore the harasser. Don't just stand by as a witness. We need community more than ever.
Mental Health Support:
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: 1-800-826-3632
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Mental Health America: 1-800-969-6642
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386