As I've might have mentioned in these little love notes to you, my perspective of wellness and my mission for TMC are evolving.
I devoured Lindy West's book, The Witches Are Coming, this weekend and it inspired and confirmed a lot of what I've been feeling and wanting to see more of in this industry—and our world.
"Whatever your sphere is, however big or small, you get to make choices within it, and if you care about healing the wounds of the world I hope you become a real demon bitch about diversity and never let anyone sleep. Think radical thoughts and let yourself imagine they're true. Then ask yourself why it's considered radical to make art that accurately reflects reality, to build a society that takes care of its members, to demand a better world." - Lindy West
My mission has been to serve as the wellness guide for our city, and it still is! But it has also expanded to include creating a community that is welcoming, inclusive, intersectional, and not afraid to get a little uncomfortable to effect real, lasting change (and be demon bitches about diversity 😈)
"We can't save ourselves until we get comfortable with discomfort. The truth hurts. But the future we're building without it will hurt more." - Lindy West
I did not come up with these ideas on my own, I'm carefully following people I consider leaders in these areas and part of communities myself that are founded on principles of diversity, equality, etc., and lemme tell ya—it feels damn good to be part of things that are bigger than surface level self-care.
Maybe you're wondering "okay cool sounds great Hannah, but what/how are you actually effecting change??" (or maybe I'm just wondering that 🤔). And my answer is: I am still 100% figuring that out. But I'm learning. And I'm listening. And I'm sharing everything that I'm learning with you, so that we can figure out how to create the world we want to live in, together.
"If you train people to scoff at community and stewardship—at tending to the needs of others, yes, but also at advocating for oneself—you can do whatever you want to them and they will not complain." - Lindy West
To me, being "well" means having enough compassion, understanding, and awareness of ourselves so that we can extend the same to others. By recognizing our own racist/discriminatory thoughts and biases, we can help our friends identify theirs and be better allies. By doing kind things for ourselves, we can create energy and motivation to be kinder to those in need. By understanding our own traumas, we can recognize and respect what our fellow humans are going through.
And guess what, wellness includes many practices that help with the above! Maybe this is a very idealistic way to view the world and the role that wellness can play in its recovery, but why not believe in the radical idea that we have the power to create change from our own collective healing?
The thought gives me chills. But most importantly, it gives me hope.
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