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Anger can be a very powerful motivator. However, it can also be exhausting to maintain for long periods of time, not just mentally and emotionally, but can take a physical toll on the body itself.

At the same time, if we really want to change the world, we need to continue to act. This means that we each need to find a way to contribute on a regular basis to create that change. Over the past week, the focus has been bringing to light the atrocities that those in power inflict upon those they consider powerless, especially how “law enforcement” denigrates, abuses, and murders Blacks. Thousands upon thousands of people all over the world have gathered to protest the status quo, sharing horrific footage of the violence perpetrated by those who are at least nominally supposed to protect us.This has been crucial in bringing attention to the problem.


What an inane word to describe the wanton destruction of human lives. Still, it is a problem, and it’s something we need to solve. Making people aware of the situation is only the first step. It’s complicated and has been around for hundreds of years in one form or another. If we are serious about creating sustainable change, we need to approach it from multiple angles.

  • We need people to continue to show up and protest, speak up and sign petitions.
  • We need people to continue to share information.
  • We need people to donate to both national and local organizations to provide legal and social services.
  • We need people to provide those services.
  • We need to vote, especially in local elections that most directly impact our lives.
  • We need people to work to make sure that voting is fair and accessible to all.
  • We need people to run for public office to represent those who have been ignored or suppressed.
  • We need people to support those campaigns.
  • We need people to create stories, music, and art that convey the anguish and heartbreak of the oppressed.
  • We need people to create stories, music, and art that show us how much better the world could be and inspire us to work towards it. Fiction is a wonderful thing; even pure fantasy can contain Truth and give hope for the future.
  • We need people to volunteer in their communities, building connections with their neighbors, one human being to another.
  • We need to seek out and support minority-owned businesses.
  • We need teachers who can explain things to the next generations so that our children not only expect better but are stong enough to demand it.
  • We need everyone to have easy and affordable access to healthcare and nourishing food.
  • We need everyone to have easy, affordable, and non-stigmatizing access to mental health services.

We need so much, and there’s no way any single person can do it all. 

Fortunately, we’re in this together. Find out what calls to your heart, and that can be your contribution to our human tapestry.

The only thing that each of us needs to do is to work on ourselves.

I’m a middlish-class white woman. I grew up in a community that was almost entirely white with a handful of Hispanics. The only black kid I remember in my elementary school was Julie, then in middle school there was Vince. That was it. I only knew TWO black kids until high school. I used to joke that the reason I didn’t grow up prejudiced was because there wasn’t anyone around to be prejudiced against.

At the same time, even though I didn’t have negative assumptions about blacks, I also had NO idea what it was like to be black in the United States. It wasn’t until I was at university that I started to discover that the color of your skin had a huge impact on your world.

I entered UCLA at the tail end of anti-apartheid protests. I thought that racism was something that happened Over There. Then one of my English classes assigned Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and my heart shattered at the horror of a black girl who had so deeply absorbed racist societal standards of “beauty” that she thought that the only way she could ever be considered pretty is if she had blue eyes. Later, I was chatting up this hella cute black guy, talking about how much I loved Johnny Clegg’s music and the way his bands combined Celtic melodies and “tribal rhythms.” With extreme politeness, the guy I was talking with gently informed me that he “found that term offensive.” I was stunned. To me, “tribal” was just a description that, in this case, referred to traditional Zulu music. I didn’t know how to respond, but the incident obviously stayed with me as I thought about it, long and hard.

I’d already been interested in psychology, especially in terms of identity and experience. I ended up majoring in social psychology, curious about how individuals and groups influenced one another. Race became another facet that I sought to understand.

That was 30+ years ago. And you know what? I’m still seeking to understand. Being “woke” isn’t something that happens once where you gain enlightenment and you’re done. It needs to be an active verb, something that you do, throughout your life. I’m still asking myself:

  • Am I making unfounded assumptions? How can I double-check both my premises and conclusions?
  • Am I speaking over anyone?
  • Am I projecting my own experience on someone else and mistaking it for Truth?
  • If I find myself reacting defensively to something someone else says, what does that mean about me? (Generally, it means that, on some level, my own thoughts, feelings, desires and actions are out of integrity; I need to step back and look at myself to see where I need to up my game and do more to walk my talk.)
  • How can I improve how I phrase my words to better convey my thoughts in a way that can be heard and understood as I intend them? And is my intention truly in the service of others or, if I’m just seeking validation or to hear myself talk, would it be better to keep silent?

We all have different backgrounds, experiences, gifts, and fears. We have different dreams and different ways of seeing the world. But we’re all human, and we’re all in this together, and while none of us can single-handedly do everything that needs to be done, we can all do something, even if it’s as small as trying to be a little kinder than we need to be.

We can do this.

You have to wash with the crocodile in the river
You have to swim with the sharks in the sea
You have to live with the crooked politician
Trust those things that you can never see
Ayeye ayeye jesse mfana (jesse boy) ayeye ayeye

You have to trust your lover when you go away
Keep on believing tomorrow will bring a better day
Sometimes you will smile while you’re crying inside
And just once you’ll turn away while the truth is shining bright
Ayeye ayeye Jesse mfana ayeye ayeye

It’s a cruel crazy beautiful world
Every time you wake up I hope it’s under a blue sky
It’s a cruel crazy beautiful world
One day when you wake up I will have to say goodbye
It’s your world so live in it!

Beyond the door, strange cruel beautiful years lie waiting for you
It kills me to know you won’t escape loneliness,
Maybe you’ll lose hope, too
Ayeye ayeye jesse mfana ayeye ayeye

It’s a cruel crazy beautiful world
Every time you wake up I hope it’s under a blue sky
It’s a cruel crazy beautiful world
One day when you wake up I will have to say goodbye
It’s your world so live in it!

When I feel your small body close to mine
I feel weak and strong at the same time
So few years to give you wings to fly
Show you the stars to guide your ship by

It’s a cruel crazy beautiful world
Every time you wake up I hope it’s under a blue sky
It’s a cruel crazy beautiful world
One day when you wake up I will have to say goodbye

It’s your world so live in it!

Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World
Johnny Clegg

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*checks where I left off my binge* Just finished Episode 3 of Season 3 of the Netflix series but I know nothing about Master of the Universe outside of that and Skeltor memes. Absolutely agree about Adora. I’m cycling through Princess of Power, ATLA, and Queer Eye for self care watches right now 

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i haven’t taken a bath with the sun out for a minute… This is going  to be nice.And I’m definitely going to be unplugged for the remainder of the night. I’m gone.

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I’m going to be taking weekends off social media, I think, in addition to just not being on here whenever I want to do other things. I’m not going to apologize for it, like some people do on here. I’ve made no commitments to time. I’ve not been that good on commitments anyway. I’m just saying this to let you all know you don’t need to worry for me. Nothing’s wrong. If something were, there wouldn’t be anything you kindhearted ones could do about it, so, it wouldn’t be something for you to worry about anyway. We must all concentrate on what we can do.

Anyway, I’ll be cooking up some quiche for the weekend. Spinach and feta, my mom’s favorite. Yesterday I made those cookies she likes as well as some chocolate chip and banana pancakes. I’m going to have some of those pancakes for breakfast, this morning! Yum! I have done some more in LoZ:ALTTP, Kirby Clash, and in Animal Crossing, so I plan on continuing those things as well. I have also been watching some nice movies with mom and dad and I hope to watch more, and maybe mom will take me out to the stores!

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As I promised myself, I’ll be posting a summary of what I’ve been up to during the weekdays and what kind of progress I’ve made in my journey towards…frankly, I have no exact idea as to where I’m going. BUT, I still have confidence that this will all make sense eventually

These are the tasks that I was able to manage and things that made me happy: 

✔ I managed to join the HIIT exercise sessions without my body giving out. My senpai also acknowledged my efforts for being present during our lessons. This is nice~!

✔ I was able to continue practicing Hiragana and learned a few more letters of Katakana as well. When I went to the grocery the other day, I noted that I was starting to be able to read some labels on all sorts of Japanese products! 👏

✔ I was able to work on some of my financial concerns and figured out a few things on how online banking works! 

✔ There’s a bigger appreciation of artistry because of realizing how important it is to honor the fundamentals. I’ve learned some things in my review this week and I’d probably try doing application soon!  

There are many things every passing week that teach me to look at the world in a different light. I acknowledge that there’s no need for things to be grand for it to be beautiful and worthwhile. There’s something good happening here. I’m so proud of myself for sticking to this. 💜

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It’s ok to be tired.  

It’s ok to step away from the news.  

It’s ok to take a break from the discourse. 

It doesn’t mean you care any less about what’s happening in the world.  

Take care of yourself so you can continue to. 

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