I fully intended to have coffee with you last week, really I did… but the weekend got away from me so quickly! It was a busy weekend, starting out with the Women’s March here in Portland. I’m not much of a crowds person (rather, I don’t often fare well in crowds and try to avoid them when I can) so going was a challenge for me – but I had a kick-ass friend to accompany me, who made sure I was doing okay the whole way, and who I knew had my back if I needed her – and that made it do-able for me. It was a positive experience, and I’m glad I went — but I’ve been even more thankful for the conversations that have come up in the Facebook Group I’m in around the organization of the march. Challenging conversations about feminism and intersectionality – it’s powerful stuff and very challenging for some, but highly educational for those willing to listen.
There has been so much going on, politics are moving fast right now and it is hard to keep on-top of it all. I’m trying my best, and trying to root through it all to pay attention to what we can do. That’s really been a large piece of my life at this point – it breaks my heart to see the things that are happening, the things that are being threatened, and the way that so many are willing to turn a blind eye to hatred that is being directed at so many people in our country (and around the world). I can’t wrap my head around how people are willing to just turn away and not look at what is happening – as though ignoring it all will make it go away. I refuse to be one of those people.
That isn’t to say I am not in full support to people that are limiting their exposure and taking breaks away from it all – we need to take care of ourselves. It’s a matter of balancing out paying attention, taking action, and self-care. Someone on Twitter made the reminder that we’re all working on this together, we’re not alone. When one of us rests, another is reading, and another is taking action. We all need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves (and one another).
Honestly there hasn’t been all that much else going on in my life at this point. I had a full week at work, got together with a friend for dinner on Friday, and then spent a chunk of the day on Saturday with my Dad and Stepmom.
Honestly, a lot of the week I’ve spent coming home from work and then going to sleep – I’ve been fighting a cold and needing my rest. I’m also working on finding my balance, figuring out how to keep on top of what I can do, and what I need to do and still finding the time to care for myself.
What have you been doing? How are you taking care of yourself?