Writing Through the Pandemic: June 2, Number 2

In the light of everything that is happening now, how do I want to show up and what kind of person do I want to be?

You can share your response to this prompt below.

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  1. I want to be a person who steps up and takes action, who is not a bystander to the revolution that is happening in our streets. I want to support it, this one last chance to save or should I say create a democracy. Is that hyperbole? I don’t know, but it feels to me, today, as if we are on the brink of a fascist takeover or the possibility of actually beginning the massive task of healing the oppression this country was based on.

    I want to be a person who helps people continue to voice what is in their hearts and on their minds because despite everything, I still believe the human voice is a potentiating tool of potency and power.

    I want to be a person who steps out of the ease of my privilege and finds new ways to say, yes, now, this time, in new ways, I will take a stand.

    I want to be a person who confronts my own whiteness in new ways, in deeper ways, in more consistent ways.

    I want to be a person who continues to shine my skills and light into the world.

    I want to be a person who weeps and rages at injustice and does not turn away.

    I want to be a person who witnesses it all and uses words to name it, to feel it, to share it, to tell it, to record it.

    I want to be a person who confronts injustice in small ways every day because I am noticing, because I am awakening, because I am paying attention, and because despite my fear and apathy and leaning into hopelessness and cynicism, I can and will find the courage to speak.

    I want to channel that girl I was sitting at the Lincoln Memorial hearing Martin Luther King give his I have a dream speech. I want to channel that teenage girl who created and performed an anti-vietnam war service as her reform synagogue as a 15-year-old. I want to channel that young woman who faced the incest she had experienced with her grandfather and stood up to her whole family, losing her mother and her relatives for years—who published that grorundbreaking book anyway, who fought the false memory syndrome foundation, who led a movement with Ellen Bass to give voice to all the women and men, abused and silenced as children. I want to wake up that passionate courageous activist that still lives inside me. brush of the cobwebs of privilege and comfort, age and fear of infection, and to find the ways right for me to act, to lend my voice, to speak out, to raise hell, now at 63.

    I don’t want to be a coward this time around. To be aroused but sink back into the ease of my comfortable, Santa Cruz life. They may not be coming for me this time, but they’ll be coming for me next. When my grandchildren ask me, “Grandma what did you do in the time of the great unraveling?” I want to have an answer.

    I want to be a person who takes my grief and outrage and passion and compassion and DOES something. Who risks. Who puts myself on the line. If millions of us do it, if millions of us rise up, we have a chance.

    I want to be a person who says I don’t know how to become the person I want to be, but I am going to try.

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