Why we Actually Need One Another

We’ve all been told to mind our business at least once before, and it was probably as a child. Minding your own business definitely is a form of self-care and self-preservation. I’m sure we can all think of one person who needs to do it more often — for their own sake. But, in my humble opinion, when minding your own business grows into complacency — where one simply accepts the way things are even if they don’t agree with them — it becomes damn near impossible for anything to get better for anyone. I say this because the chance of improvement is not even considered when we’re complacent. By doing nothing about the problems life brings to you, you’re indirectly saying that you are content — happy, even — with the way that things are. This goes the same for the problems our world faces right now; the problems we know exist. Complacency is the enemy of progress; accepting the way things are blocks any type of social progression.

Most of us care deeply about what’s happening — we have hearts, we feel — but what follows? What happens after experiencing the emotions that come when hearing about the state of the world? Sometimes, it is easy to feel powerless in these circumstances, but I believe that when we feel powerless, it’s only because we’ve forgotten how powerful we really are.

There is always something that can be done to push the movement forward. There is always something you — as an individual person — can contribute to the cause in some way. We are all making an impact already, in one form or another. History and HERstory has been made in the past by regular ass people; people who stood up for what they believed in. And similarly, the present is made up of the stories that will be told in the future about our generation’s past and what we accomplished. Putting it in that perspective helps me understand that we are all connected more closely than it seems. Sharing stories does that too. When we share our stories with each other, it shows us how much there is to learn from one another. Our neighbours, our friends, our parents, our kids, our bosses, our employees, our elders — there is always something worth learning, and we all carry knowledge worth sharing. We can choose to share our stories as a way to uplift our communities and welcome new folks to the conversation — give others a seat at the table. When we do that we are also inviting new ideas, new concepts, and eventually a new reality. Because we all have power; there’s power in our voices, there’s power in our actions, in our capabilities, our intellect, our spirit; but we are our most powerful when we are standing together.

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