Life in the Catalyst Intensive Week 3 - Resilience
Resilience. I knew instantly that I wanted to write about this after Mark mentioned it in this week's Catalyst Intensive class. It speaks volumes to what is going on in my life and is strongly connected to my work and awareness in public policy.
I’ve been devastated since the election – thinking and processing what the implications are for the future. But most of all, I’m angry as hell. I’m angry at the hate crimes that have been fueled by anti-immigrant, anti-black, anti-Semitic sentiments. I’m angry that I had to tell each one of my family members to be careful of their surroundings and if something were to happen, to run if they can. I’m angry that I have to carry around my keys in my jacket pocket like brass knuckles. I’m angry that so many are verbally or physically attacked simply because we look different. I’m angry.
However, I know that this isn’t enough. This is where resilience comes into the picture. Progress has been a result of resilience for decades. History has set this precedent. Now, more than ever, we have to resist, mobilize and strategize. So, this has been and will continue to be a learning process for me, and I have to remind myself to confront challenges/issues that I witness immediately, advocate for myself and others, and communicate without fear.
I have to be resilient because this work is important to me. Giving up isn’t an option because too much – the livelihood, safety, and opportunity for myself, my family, and others - is on the line.