Updated: Jan 25, 2021
Hello friends, how are you today?
Me? I’ve been struggling.
A lot lately.
I’ve been struggling with all of the turmoil in the world. There is so much going on in the world, but what’s really bothering me are the events that are happening here in North America, particularly those south of the border.
As an Empath, with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and PTSD, I purposely avoid watching the news, or reading news articles that could potentially cause adverse reactions. Perhaps that’s my privilege speaking. Or perhaps its just self-preservation. I know that I cannot watch the news without feeling deep sorrow, or deep hatred for what is happening to my neighbours below the border.
I am not going to sit here and say that I am under privileged. Far from it. As a average sized, white female, living in Canada I know that I have a great deal more privilege than others in North America. I will not deny that. I am not saying this to be boastful or hurtful. I am saying this, as recognition for how easy my life is in comparison to others. I see what happens to others. I recognize it. Where I struggle is how can I help?
This is something that has bothered me for a long time. I have always tried to lead by example. I have always tried to show love and respect to anyone I encounter. Why? Because at the end of the day we are all humans. At the end of the day the colour of your skin, your gender, your orientation, none of that matters to me. What matters to me is if you are a good person. Even if you aren’t, I will still show you kindness, love and respect, because maybe I can be that one person in the world that shows you that not everyone is so full of hatred.
I’ve struggled with recent events, simply because I do not know what I can do as a white female to help. Sure I can share things over social media, but at the end of the day, the more hashtags I use will not solve the problems of the world. The more I call people out on their opinions is just going to spread more hatred.
You know when people, especially those at certain beauty pageants, just say they want world peace? I don’t know if they actually mean it or not. But I do. I just want people see those they hate as people.
I have a really hard time with this. I have a hard time writing this. I don’t understand underlying hatred. I don’t understand hatred. I can’t sit here and tell you that I actually hate anyone. Not even people who have done me wrong. I always look for the good in people, regardless of what they have done, or if they have wronged me. But honestly, I hate what I am seeing happening. I despise that there is so much hatred in the world because of such minor things. Hate runs deep, and if you don’t release the hatred it will consume you.
Seeing the BLM rallies in 2020, and just recently the storming of the Capital in Washington DC, has made it very clear how much hatred there is. All of these recent events have shown the division of privilege, and guys, it. is. deafening.
I believe in loving everyone.
I honestly believe that I am a good person, and that my small actions may show someone how to change, how to treat those around us, and be a better, kinder and more understanding person.
But I fear that the hatred that is being shown these days, that my efforts fall on deaf ears.
I can talk about it. I can bring more awareness to the situation, but what does that do? Everyone knows that it is going on, everyone is already aware of it... What can I do to help the change? What can I do to bring forth the change?
Honestly, I am at a loss.
All I can do is make an effort to show the change, be the change the world needs, to show how to treat those around us.
That being said, I am always open to suggestions. Please feel free to email me or DM me on Instagram with any other suggestions.
I believe in equality for everyone.
By that I mean everyone.
I don’t care your gender, your race, your religion, your orientation... none of that matters. At the end of the day we are all made up of the same structure. We all have bones, we are all made of muscle and tissue, we all have skin and regardless of colour, we all bleed red.
Don’t let the hatred of others destroy your inner peace. There is always going to be hatred. There is always going to anger. There will always be differences. Just don’t let the anger and hatred from others begin to consume you. It can be so easy to get caught up in the emotions of what has been happening. Just remember who you are, what you can do to make the world a better place, but also look after yourself to ensure that you are safe.
I hope you all keep your heads up. Find the joy, look for peace, and show love to everyone. Take all the lemons that 2020 and so far the beginning of 2021 have given us, and make the best damn lemonade out of it.
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