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How do you hold space for the injustices in the world while pursuing progress on the reg?

Oh man, this is such a great question. This year has been like a giant flashlight, illuminating all of the injustices that need our attention right now and it is A LOT. I’ve felt super overwhelmed these last few months, and especially these last few weeks (so much so that it took me a lot longer than I would have liked to get back to this column and answer your question… my apologies). But that overwhelm gave me an opportunity to assess the things that needed my immediate attention and to give myself permission to take care of myself when I needed to. And, you know what? It’s all ok.

The reason I say this is that holding space is holding space, whether it’s in the form of attending to your advice column or showing up for bigger issues that affect humanity on the whole. Regardless of the cause, it’s impossible to hold space for anyone or anything else if you’re not taking care of you. Put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others with theirs, so to speak. Do not sacrifice yourself for the greater good. And don’t confuse progress with perfection.

Remember that you alone are not able to solve the world’s problems, but even the smallest gestures, donations, or acts of service can go a long way.

One thing that’s really helped me this year is to have a community of like-minded people to keep me motivated and feeling supported. I’ve discovered that when stepping into that social justice warrior role, it helps to know that you’re not alone. Stay connected and reach out to people you know you can trust. Find an online community if you are feeling isolated or don’t have people around you fighting the same fights. There is plenty of support out there if you need it.

The bottom line is, do what you can and accept what you cannot change (at least right away). Remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. The social, political and environmental injustices we currently face are going to require a continued fight for generations to come. Know that it’s okay to take a break when you need to. And be kind to yourself. I get the sense that you are a compassionate and hardworking badass. Just remember to give yourself lots of love so you can show up more fully for those who need your help.

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  • Such sage advice. We often forget the part about having to take care of ourselves in order to fight the good fight. Thank you for that. xoxox

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