What are you going to do to make sure that your everyday life has actually found a new normal, one that is conscious of issues that impact lives outside of your own? Because is the only way to make this a lasting change and it starts at the individual level with every single one of us. It starts with you.
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No matter where we end up on the other side of the pandemic, there are a lot of issues that have gone unaddressed to the point where they not only devalue the daily lifestyle of people of color, but they endanger them when things like this happen. From societal allowances for racism to systematic ones for disproportionate health care, there are certain things that will not change unless we address them both inside and outside of this pandemic.
Rise and grind culture reflects our larger society, the society that just about all of us work and participate in. Even when there is a whole lot going on around the world and so many people are facing countlessly different situations, acting as if right now is the perfect time to buck up and buckle in to get work done is a problematic mindset to perpetuate.
The more I think about it, the more I question the reason I do all of these things, the reason I feel like I need to; I finally realized why the term “black excellence” isn’t just about pride or ability.
Last week, here’s what I did: I kept moving. Just like I think we all do. I went to class, to work, did the homework I could remember to do, and I put one foot in front of the other. Because one thing I realized, at least for my situation, it could have been worse. So, so much worse.
Weeks like this one, they’re can feel like you’re drowning before coming up for air only to find water in your lungs. Once that happens, what do you do?
Just because we like something some of the time or other people are doing it, doesn’t mean that we have to always stay that way or join in with them. We’re far too complicated as humans to follow such social concepts.Yet, we do. And part of me thinks I know why.
This is my fourth year here and college has been incredibly hard for me on just about all fronts. I've grown a lot, yes, but I've also been through a lot. We all have. So when a decision came up this week whether or not to define my time and energy this year by continuing the work I've been doing, it wasn’t an easy one to make.
With long weeks comes more time for good moments, and let me tell ya, there were a few. Of those, and a few lessons to learn too.