There’s a lot happening in the United States of America, that are making our united states feel more un-united than ever. And instead of these crises bringing us together, they are wildly tearing us apart. Now, this isn’t the place to talk about all of those (maybe most of those) things, but there is one thing I do have to say:
Say what you have to say. It matters.
Say what you feel. It matters.
Say that you can’t relate, but that you acknowledge. It matters.
Say that you don’t know what the solution is, but that you know there’s a problem. It matters.
Say that you feel like you don’t have any authority to speak on the issue, but that you have something to say. It matters.
Say that you’re scared, even though the problem doesn’t affect you. It matters.
Say that you’re afraid to say the wrong thing, but say it anyway. It matters.
Say that you don’t understand the issue, but that you want to learn. It matters.
Say that you’re afraid people think you’re part of the problem, but you know you’re part of the solution. It matters.
Say what needs to be said. It matters.
I’ve been doing my best to put on my proverbial bulletproof vest and speak on the things that matter to me. I have come to expect a rather immediate backlash to my thoughts, no matter their subject – some diplomatic, some less so, but all, I will admit, painful to hear or read. And each time this happens, I ask myself why I said anything in the first place.
Because, as my good friend told me today, silence is signing off. And I refuse to sign off on the things that I know, in my heart, are wrong.
And so I will say it. Again. And again. An again. And when you feel strongly about an injustice happening in today’s world, I hope you will say it, too. Because alone our voices are quiet, but together they have the power to re-unite our un-united states.
So say it. Say it. Say it.