Why I've created this blog and why now
To be completely honest, I didn’t start this blog because of what’s currently going on. It was meant to be a blog about personal development, motivational and quite personal.
I’ve wanted to make this blog public for weeks, but I couldn’t find a name.
Now, with the current situation it became urgent to me to make my blog public. I wasn’t going to make this about political issues at all but right now it seems that people are listening and right now it is important to raise your voice and do everything you can to be heard. It has always been crucial for me to say what I find important and speak up for those that need help, or those that can’t speak up for themselves, so I'm herewith introducing this blog, to begin with as exactly that.
The last couple of weeks have been a big push for me to work on my beliefs and values. Don’t get me wrong, I believe one should ALWAYS speak up, raise their voice, say what needs to be said. We shouldn’t just be speaking up now because of everything that is going on, about racism and police brutality. We should always be anti-racist and anti-brutality. But I feel like recent events have been like a wakeup call for so many.
This is a very good thing.
It has been a wakeup call for me too. I have always spoken out what’s important to me, but now I feel the urgency. I have realised that it’s not just about not being a racist but also about being against racism and speaking up when I see racism. And that regards not just racism but anything that I find needs to change.
Here is the thing: It seems easy to post about tragic events, how you feel about it and calling for action on social media. Even that, for so many people, is a struggle. Too many think that they don’t have a big enough outreach. “Why would I post something when I only have 10 followers?”
Well why wouldn’t you?
You are reaching TEN people! It’s difficult these days to see this as a success when all we strive towards to is having as many followers as possible. All we want is to see a “k” behind the number of followers on our profile. Yes, it is great to have such a huge audience. Although, if you were in a room with ten people and would speak about something, those ten people would very likely hear you and listen, so don’t think you shouldn’t try and reach those 10 followers.
If you have 200 followers (which you might think is not a lot either): Imagine being in a room with TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE. Speak in front of 200 people and see what impact that has.
We lose the connection to reality: 200 people is a lot! If you can only reach 2 people out of those two hundred, you will have reached two people. And that is the point. Those two people might reach two more, and so on.
Don’t underestimate your voice and outreach. It doesn’t even have to be on social media. How about family events? Gatherings with friends or your work place? I’m not saying that you should hold a presentation every day, but if you see something that looks or feels wrong: SPEAK UP.
Use your voice for a good cause. And I know that that can be hard. Whether it’s on social media or in our everyday life, sometimes we feel like when we speak up, people will judge us or disagree with us and we will get into an argument.
That is why it’s important to become clear of your values and what matters to you.
If something that you really would like to take action is for example racism, become clear about why you want to fight racism. Find out why this is something to fight against and then be confident about your values. The more you know about it, the more you will be able to speak about it and defend your argument.
And then you will have to get out of your comfort zone. Imagine being surrounded by a group of friends and they’re talking racism.
Will you sit there and listen and not say a word? - You’re not speaking up.
Will you agree with them to not step on anyone’s toes? - You’re not speaking up.
Or will you defend that person, bring in arguments and say that the way they are thinking is a good example of racism? - Then you’re speaking up.
Speaking up doesn’t mean you have to run around your town with a microphone. It means that when there is a need for someone to be educated, you do so. That when you see racism, you go there and help instead of letting racists get away with what they’re doing.
People are always going to judge you and they’re always going to have an opinion on you. You shouldn’t care. You should care about standing up for what you believe in. You should care about people hearing you. You should care about having an influence.
I believe that we were all put on this beautiful planet for a reason. Right now, times are changing and we need all the voices we have. If you can feel an energy inside you, rage or anger about how people are being treated and you feel like you want to do something about it, then speak up about it. Your hands are not tied. You will be heard, as long as you believe in yourself.
Considering the recent events and people wanting to take action about racism, you can find some resources below where you can sign petitions or donate. Obviously there is so many more and you can never sign enough petitions, but these are the ones that I have engaged with so far.
The Grassroots Law Project
Justice for Breonna Taylor
Minnesota Freedom Fund
National Bail Out
Black Lives Matter
The Innocence Project
Color Of Change
Justice for Ahmaud Arbery