It’s more common, and I suppose human nature, to be more reactive than proactive. To make decisions based off on our own lived experiences. To not feel compelled to speak up for something unless it benefits us or someone close to us.
I’d like to think that the vast majority of people don’t like having decisions made for them. Even when someone would prefer to have someone else make a decision, whether it’s the color you’re going to paint your walls, what you’ll have for dinner tonight, who you can or cannot marry or what you can or can not do with your body, I think many would at least believe they should have the right to be able to choose.
You can try and walk a mile in someone else’s shoes but you can’t walk a mile in their heart, soul, mind and body.
We can debate with strangers and friends, believe what we want to believe from the flood of misinformation, facts and data, science backed evidence and let our own bias take over. If we’re not willing to step outside of our comfort zone, have difficult conversations and find ways to take real and meaningful action we will not ALL be free. Holding ourselves and others accountable can seem impossible and make us lose hope.
Change remains constant. Some changes remain solely in the hands of each individual human being, but many do not.
Today I’m fearful, but also hopeful for the future of these two. I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting, along with working towards better informing myself, on what I can do to ensure they, along with those who historically have not, can have a future where we see more equality, safety and better systems for all.