To say that this election year has been stressful is an understatement. On top of the campaign trails, 2016 has seen countless other horrors, from terrorist attacks to justification of rape culture. The more I watch the news or scroll through my Twitter feed, the more I wonder, How can this be happening in 2016?
It’s absolutely heartbreaking. If you see me posting more on social media than usual, it’s because I feel completely helpless.
I don’t want to feel helpless; it’s just that the world can be so cruel and there are so many things I wish I could fix. If the only thing I can do at that moment is share a link on Facebook, then dammit, I’m doing it.
There are so many causes that are close to my heart, and so few tools at my disposal.
That’s why I’m starting here.
“Those who stand for nothing will fall for anything.”
More often than not, writing is my only refuge. I believe that words can change the world, and we are living in an era where millions of words can be shared with people all over the world.
Maybe the revolution doesn’t start–or end–with the polls. Maybe it starts with us.
Even though this blog serves as a sort of online scrapbook, I am planning to post more activism pieces. That being said, I am a white, cis, heterosexual American woman, and I only have so much perspective. I want to hear your story, too. I will be accepting guest posts from anyone, about anything–as long as your goal is to add more kindness to the world.
Write about mental health. Write about art. Write about diversity. Write about homelessness. Write about trans rights. Write about your faith. Write about veterans. Write about whatever breaks your heart and makes it whole.
To kick off the series, Xan–who I am blessed to call one of my very best friends–will be writing about human trafficking. In fact, she’ll probably have several posts…so if you can’t decide between writing about feminism or animal rescue (i.e, if you are exactly like me), you can write about both!
If you are interested in submitting a guest post (or two, or three), email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a message on Twitter. Please do not worry about your writing skills; your cause is all that matters. However, I know that is easier said than done– if you still feel stuck, I am happy to help.
Let’s get the job done.
Please note that the material posted is up to my discretion. I will NOT be accepting any posts related to the election. In the wise words of Jiminy Cricket, I will use my conscience as my guide; for instance, if you write an anti-vaccination piece, it will not be posted. If your submissions/comments are sexist, homophobic, racist, Islamophobic, etc., they will be rejected/deleted.
A special thanks to anyone who understood (and appreciated) that this post is full of Hamilton references.