A version of this post was originally published on The Belladonna
Hi! Hi Everyone!
Okay, SO sorry in advance, this is probably going to be kind of a long post, but my aerial yoga instructor encouraged me to share my feelings with all of you right now. So like, I’m just writing this to let all of you know that for the rest of the month I’m going to be taking a little break from social activism and defending my (as well as other people’s) rights as (a) human being(s).
Meaning that I won’t be sharing any more online petitions, retweeting inspirational quotes from the Women’s March twitter account, showing up to protests/rallies, copy and pasting instructions on how to call your state senator, or sticking up for any groups of marginalized people (including myself!) for the remainder of this month. I’m so, so, so sorry and I hope that I won’t be letting any of you down!
I know this probably sounds crazy because, like everyone “needs rights” nowadays, but lately defending my right and the rights of others to exist, live the lives they want, and have access to government funded social and medical programs (e.g., Planned Parenthood, the Affordable Care Act, Headstart, etc.) has just been bumming me out so hard!!!! So, I feel like I need a little social activism detox!
And, you’re probably thinking, “Whoa, this is coming from the girl who uploaded a photo album of like sixty pictures of the Women’s March last January!” And, I totally see where you’re coming from, but, I put a lot of thought into this decision, and after consulting with my Soul Cycle™ instructor Kendra, and holding an amethyst crystal for about forty-five minutes, I felt like taking a break from social activism was the right choice for me. And, when you think about it social activism is all about choice! Kinda!
I feel like we are all SO obsessed with social activism right now, that we aren’t focusing on other things that are like also pretty important in life like the final season of Girls (I can’t believe it’s ending for real!), Cross Fit, or figuring out how to properly apply self-tanner (finally)! And, you know I feel like my decision to take care of myself is actually really brave of me. Too many of us are choosing not to practice self care and I refuse to be one of those people!
Not to mention, standing out in the cold at rallies has been totally drying out my skin and now I’m going bankrupt from buying Korean collagen sheet masks everyday (honestly though, the whole Korean skin care trend is worth paying attention to)! I just think that going to protests, and like defending groups that are afforded less privileged than me has been crazy taxing and I feel like I owe it to myself to stop caring for a little bit!
By giving up social activism and choosing not to defend my rights as a person (including but not limited to; my right to affordable health care, safe access to abortions, equal pay, etc.) that I could just use my time more productively. Like, if I didn’t retweet that announcement for that March against Standing Rock, I could have started working on that Ketogenic fat bomb (it’s like a whole part of the cross fit program) Pinterest page that I’ve been thinking about starting.
And I mean, do you even understand how tiring it is making those calls to your local representative at lunch (I can’t call after work because that’s when I go spinning), knowing that I probably won’t be able to make it to my standing reflexology appointment before heading back to the PR firm!
Not to mention that studies show that the more you participate in social activism, the angrier you get, especially at the government! But, with the opening of my erotic pottery store just around the corner I can’t really afford to have such negative energy surrounding me! So, that’s why I will be taking a short break from social activism!
And, don’t worry! You can still reach me via text and Facebook messenger, I just won’t be discussing anything related to furthering the good of mankind. I know, I know, I am like one of those people now! LOL! But, I’ll be back to defending our rights in no time! Love and Light to all! But until then, let’s go get brunch!?
A White Woman