I was trying to think of a way to start this blog out, as the picture suggests Pickle having a workout. The obvious topic for me was Strength, but that comes in so many forms.
I’ll never forget my mum, frustrated and teeth clenched because her three kids are causing chaos, mumbling the words “Give me strength!” under her breath as she tried to corral us into some semblance of control. She didn’t mean literal strength, as though she was going to suddenly turn into the hulk… more that she needed patience and understanding to deal with us.
There’s also the emotional strength you need in every day situations, in learning more about your mental health (please look into yours if you’re struggling!) and of course the literal strength you need to perform certain tasks, or pull a long a truck. I don’t know how many of you are pulling trucks but please stop, you’re scary.
I think an important note to make right now is the strength you need in the face of adversity. I couldn’t not talk about this because Pickle is obviously black today and it’s February is black history month. It’s upsetting that there’s the need for such an ‘event’ but i’m terribly glad there is as it brings to light the absolutely abhorrent treatment of the black community in the past – some of which is still prevalent to this day. I’m not going to pretend I’m not ignorant to a lot of it. I am white for reals, and I hope that by purchasing and sporting black skins in secondlife it’s not seen as anything other than me celebrating how beautiful each skin tone is… I understand this is a bit of a bone of contention, but it’s all done with a good heart. I hope if there was ever an issue, it could be bought to me with adult conversation and education.
I’ve been watching the Malcom X documentary on netflix, and was entirely unaware of who he was. I need to preface a little with the fact that I’m also English, so growing up this wouldn’t have been high up on the curriculum to study. I’m terribly glad for informational programs such as this one, as I do believe that all people should be equal, and it pains me to discover the ridiculous reasons for violence and the heartbreaking way certain crimes are dealt with purely because of the colour of somebody’s skin.
I hope you’re having a beautiful day, Spoonies. You deserve it. Every single one of you. xoxo.