Keeping the momentum going

Black lives matter!

Is anyone else tired of trying to convince people that they “matter?” Well as a fellow black person, I understand your frustration. It seems as though to me, matter is the minimum for the black experience and something that we shouldn’t have to fight for to prove, however this is the world that we live in. I’ve been trying my best to do my part to help create meaningful change just like so many others; by posting on my social media, having open conversations with friends and family and doing more research to stay up to date with political policies that effect the black community. However, I will be the first to admit that having to deal with the stress from everything going on in the world, trying to “stay woke” and politically active while also trying to “self care” and stay sane; I’M TIRED! I want all of my fellow brothers and sisters of color to know that you are not alone in feeling exhausted right now. With that being said, we must keep the momentum going! We can not afford to slow down right now. We owe it to our families, our children and to the generations that will come after us to keep fighting. Did you know that it took one year and sixteen days for the Montgomery bus boycotts to end? Did you know that the civil rights movement lasted nearly fourteen years? I know it can be disheartening when it has currently been 121 days since Breonna Taylor was murdered and her killers are still free. I know that it’s terrifying that Elijah McClain’s murderers still remain free. I know that hearing George Floyd cry out for his mother broke your heart. I know that sometimes it feels like the world hates us, but we must continue the fight! We must fight for our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives! We must fight for our children! We must fight for our future!

  So, your probably thinking to yourself “okay the fight must continue, but how do I stay sane at the same time?” I feel like taking care of ourselves is the first and maybe even most important part of the fight. Taking care of yourself mentally will amplify all of the other actions that you take to help combat racism and prejudice. I’m sorry to tell everyone smoking a joint or having a drink to decompress is not self care, well it’s not the leading aspect at least. Masking problems with drugs and alcohol will only delay the inevitable. To me, a healthy mind is a mind that you understand. Let me say that again for the people in the back; a healthy mind is a mind that you understand. There is usually a lot of mystery to mental health and what it means to be mentally healthy but I am here to lift the vail. Mental health is different for every person but the thing that we all have in common is that our minds are most healthy when we understand them. What are your triggers? What make you feel calm? What makes you truly happy? Taking the time to understand yourself is the best form of self care that one can take part in. Look at situations in your everyday life and try to take the time to understand why they make you feel the way they do. Let’s say someone cuts you off in traffic and that makes your angry. Why does it make you angry? Do you feel like someone took advantage of you? Do you feel like someone didn’t consider you? The why will be different for everyone but understanding the why will help everyone to better understand themselves. In my personal experience, people who understand themselves are better at expressing themselves and conveying their emotions which is exactly what the we need right now; more black voices that can express the feelings and emotions of the black experience. The world needs your mind, take care of it. 

  In conclusion,  I want everyone to take care of themselves so that we can all take care of each other and create the change that we want to see in the world. Thank you so much for taking the time to check out our blogposts. I encourage everyone to share this article with friends and family to start a open dialogue on black mental health. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽





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