Today brought some sorrow on its wings. It delivered an unwanted message from my marvelous neighbour country. It told us that sexism, racism, bigotry and xenophobia do not matter if you hold the right privileges. That one can still win a position of power despite multiple sexual assault accusations. That boasting about sexual assault is ok. That boasting about grabbing people ‘by the pussy’ is nothing more than locker room talk… and that talk like that is acceptable. I could go on, but I think the disheartening and disturbing reality of this message is clear. However, there is always hope, and hope is a powerful thing.
I had a recipe ready for you, but it just doesn’t feel right to share that in the midst of things. I woke up to this message and it broke my heart. And I have seen that pain splattered all over my Facebook timeline like some dystopian Jackson Pollock that never should have made it to the gallery in the first place.
So is the world over? No, but this is a reminder that we need to tread carefully ahead. You reap what you sow, and so we must aggressively sow love, acceptance and equality wherever we are able.
I will not stand for the idea that women do not deserve to have autonomy over their bodies, or that someone else’s beauty ideals determines our value as people. I believe in a future where the Brock Turner’s or Christopher Ford Butt’s of the world are prosecuted and penalized for their actions. Where judges like Robin Camp don’t feel that they have the right to ask victim’s questions like “why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” I will not support the idea that there is only one kind of love. I believe in the rights of LBGTQIA+ people. Multiculturalism makes the world beautiful. No one is less than, regardless of their religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity or ethnicity.
We need to take this as an opportunity to band together, regardless of our nationality, and ensure that we do not support a global society that perpetuates hate. We cannot allow hate speech to become normalized. Hate and fear are incredibly powerful, but good people coming together fighting for what’s right have made the most impactful and incredible differences in history. Do not underestimate yourself, the influences that you are capable of having and the impact that you can create on this world.
Health-Esteem is largely about love, nourishment (both physical and spiritual) and the ability to thrive in your environment. People need to be accepted, safe and supported in order to have the opportunity to create that lifestyle. And we all deserve a reality where we can create that for ourselves and those around us. We all deserve access to whatever opportunities we dare to strive for.
There is always hope. We deserve a world where everyone is safe and equal, regardless of religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity or ethnicity. And so, we must work to create it. We must stand with those who are vulnerable. I do not accept the message that today tried to deliver. I know many of you don’t either. Please don’t lose hope. To paraphrase Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings:
“How could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer… there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.”
Stand together, work together, speak up and do what you can to create the tomorrow that you and those around you deserve. Don’t let today’s message stop you from creating a brighter, better world. There is always hope. You are brilliant and capable of magic and together we are powerful.
Health and love and brighter tomorrows,
Thought of the day: We must never cease our efforts to create a brighter tomorrow. Our voices and our actions are powerful. We are the agents of change.