I’ve tried avoiding posting about this on social media.
To be honest I’m not exactly sure why. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s difficult for me to wrap my head around, or because I don’t know what to say, or because I do not want to believe that this is actually happening.
My last point there, believing that this is real, was what made me realize that reason is why I should say something.
Because this is real. And this is happening.
This is something that we cannot avoid. We cannot sweep it away by looking at another cute family on Instagram, or pictures of cute baby animals.
The world is going through something scary, and upsetting, and confusing.
The sad reality of it is that the world is a scary place these days, everywhere you look or read we read of hate or death or war.
I’m saddened by it. I’m sad that there isn’t much else to report because this is our reality.
I decided to write this almost selfishly as a way to express how I’ve been feeling, and to maybe help someone know that they are not alone in being confused or sad.
I’ve also been having a difficult time trying to decide what to do in the midst of all this.
How can just I make a difference? Is there anything I can do? Is there even a point?
Yes. There is.
The point is that regardless of where you live or who you are, there is always a good deed to be done. Someone who needs help, or cheering up, or support. And right now the world needs a lot more of that.
So do something to help others.
Find a family who recently immigrated to your town or province and find out if they need any support.
Find a charity you believe in and donate or volunteer. Reach out to a hospital or animal shelter. Donate clothing or food.
These are just a few ideas, but really in a time like this remembering that although you feel like there is nothing you can do to help, there is. And if each of us did a little bit to help others out, maybe it wouldn’t feel so overwhelming.
Look, this is my two cents. These days, there doesn’t seem like an exact right way to approach what’s going on, because I just keep wondering “why?” and “how?” and feeling sad about what’s on the news. So this is my approach, feel free to share yours below.
Also, for more great signs from protests around the globe during the Women’s March like the one’s featured during this post, click here