“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”
It is very hard to buck a system hell bent on keeping you down. You simply cannot, in most cases, change the world.
But you can change yourself.
I know this as a woman.
I know this as a dancer.
I know this as a musician.
I know this as a writer, as an artist, as someone who grew up different, weird, bullied, poor, living on L.D.S. church food for much of my youth. Getting beat up by women, men, life.
It is very hard to overcome your past and live in the moment.
I do think that you can.
More and more, every day, I am positive you can.
You can look at the light and turn away from the darkness.
You can sit in silence and meditate on peace, looking for the truth inside yourself no one can ever take away from you, no matter what cell they throw you in.
You can refuse to engage with angry people hell-bent on killing your joy, at least inside your mind. Until you earn enough to move away from them. Until you find socioeconomic equality, somewhere, some day.
You can look at what resources you do have.
Do you have one friend you can talk to?
Can you get into a better situation by learning social networks and utilizing your community to help lift yourself out of a terrible struggle if you are in one?
Can you learn about someone who is not like yourself, stretch your empathy to experience something outside your own world?
Is there someone you can help?
Can you lift your vibration so that people feel good around you and feel happy when they see your face?
Can you speak up against injustice for someone who cannot?
Can you help someone tell their story?
Can you listen long enough to alleviate someone else’s pain?
Can you spare death for a living being? An insect, a bird, a cat, a tree?
Can you call someone who needs help?
Read a book?
I know it’s hard, bae.
I know the world is full of struggle and pain.
From Ghandi, who blessed the people who beat him:
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.”
“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”
I hope you find the peace you are seeking.
You are loved.
You are not alone.