Although I've still been active on Instagram I have not blogged this year, and while my intentions for months now have been to get back into it, the state that our world is currently in just makes it feel more impossible by the day. I saw a meme today that said 'June 1st: You made it to level 6 of Jumanji' and thought to myself how true that feels, and also how nothing right now is showing us that anything will get any less heavy anytime soon, and so I might as well get back to it. So with that said, here's to doing my best with getting back into the swing of it amidst all the uncertainty in our world today.
Twenty-Twenty...wow. When the kids talked this morning about it almost being my birthday (June 17th,) my first thought was HOW can that be!? It feels literally impossible that this year is approaching it's halfway mark and yet at the same time it feels like it's been at least a year since life as we know it came to a screeching halt with COVID-19. I had a fifth grader graduate elementary school from the safety of our car during a honking car parade, and a kindergartener finish his year with a scavenger hunt over zoom which he won when his teacher said ' go find something soft' and he came back with a kitten! lol (Even typing all that I can't help but think "Was zoom even a thing the last time I blogged? If so I didn't know about it, and graduation and birthday parades definitely weren't things." It's crazy when we break it down like that, right?) We've had the arrival of "murder hornets," we still don't have Corona figured out and are losing people by the day, and the last 72 hours have seen our country full of protests over the terrible murder at the hands of police officers of a man named George Floyd. Heavy to even read it all, right?
I have much to learn and I intend to do my best to become a better ally. However, I am not an expert on any of these topics and so while after today I will go back to mainly blogging on the things that this platform was created fo, please know that everything happening in this world continues to weigh heavily on my heart.
I wanted to finish todays post with the words of Jen Reed (@TheSisterStudioIG) as she very eloquently put into words how I feel in my own heart.
"Though I may not have the most preeminent words to say, I don't want to be silent.
I am not a racist nor do I surround myself with racist people, but I've quickly learned that not being a racist isn't good enough. What actions have I taken to prevent the injustice that black men and women are facing? Sadly, not many. I want to be better and I pray that you do too. We have to refuse to be part of the problem and insist on being part of the solution. This is how change can happen, by acknowledging there's an issue and wanting, trying, and working to be part of the resolution. Let's do our part in taking action against racism. Let's educate ourselves and our children, listen, learn, LOVE, and reprogram our society. Let's stand up and step in.
I don't have all the answers, but I do know that we are ALL children of God and we must 'never tire of doing what is good' - 2 Thessalonians 3:13"