“Well, I’m tired and so weary
But I must go along”
The events of this past week have left me feeling hopeless, helpless and depressed. The murders of Phildanco Castile, Alva Braziel, Alton Sterling and Delrawn Small have me questioning not “why can’t we all just get along?” but “why can’t we live?!” I refused to watch the brutal killings of Alton Sterling and Phildanco Castile. My heart and soul could not take it. I cried for their lives and the nameless other black men and women who are victims of police brutality. I cried for my 31 year old nephew and 16 year old godson who have to live in a society that deems them so threatening that they need to be executed on site. I cried for the five officers killed in Dallas during a peaceful protest…no one deserves to be gunned down…NO ONE! I found myself sliding deeper into the abyss of despair and I knew had to take care of myself.
Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean you aren’t conscious or aware of the events going on around you. Practicing self care acknowledges that by taking a step back, you’re not allowing it to consume and overwhelm you. It’s okay to disconnect from social media and all the television coverage. It’s okay to do something that makes you feel good and smile. It’s okay to laugh at a funny joke. It’s okay to be around loved ones and decompress. Self care is not selfish…its self preservation.
I deeply hope one day the disease of racism will be eradicated so we can all live together as God intended.
Have a good Sunday.