With the inauguration coming up, this is a touchy subject to write about. This is a subject I sometimes fear to raise my voice and stand up to be heard about.
Inequity in many aspects meaning women’s rights, human rights, civil rights, racism, etc. The list can and DOES go on.
I am an Asian American woman who was born and raised in a small town in New York who has been medically diagnosed with a few mental illnesses. My whole life I felt that I was treated differently by my peers, my teachers, the media (which ranges from magazines, books, television, you name it), etc. You would think that living in the twenty-first century that people would learn to treat others equally because at the end of the day we’re all human, right? But no. Sadly enough, there are still horrible people out there and coming from a person who is so idealistic, it is oftentimes horrifyingly heart-wrenching to have these ideals to be broken. It pains me to know that children of color who are born into this world in 2017 can still be viewed differently just because they may look “different” than what the media portrays “normal” to be.
Why is racism still a thing? Why are women still treated unfairly? Why do women have to fight harder to break glass ceilings? Why do people of color get treated unfairly when it comes to trials in a court of law? Why is there always politics everywhere, no matter where you go?
Police brutality. Catcalling. Cat-phishing. Domestic abuse. Sexual abuse. Emotional abuse. Physical abuse. Social security. Cyber-bullying. Cyber-stalking. Fraud.
These are just a few things that make me angry. These are just a few things that need to be abolished.
Who can we depend on to change these negatives into positives?
I’m no politician but I have a voice. YOU have a voice. We all have voices. Stand up for what you believe in. Stand up even if you’re in a crowded place and when it may seem like the whole world is against you. Stand firm in what you believe in and go for what you want.
When I was in the psychiatric ward at Gracie Square Hospital, I learned a lot about different cultures because I was able to talk to older individuals with much more experience than I had. People who knew what they did wrong in their lives to get to where they were and they knew exactly why they were in the psych ward. But my favorite part of being in the psych ward was that I was able to create conversation and just learn and listen to people who had so much to say.
I was telling Sharing this today actually. One of my favorite individuals from the psych ward was Greek and he was teaching me about the Grecian government back in the day (not sure if they still do this and if you’re Greek and what I’m saying is completely wrong, please correct me). We were talking about politics and he taught me that in the old days they would pick six (give or take, this number may be incorrect) completely average people at random to rule the cities and they would rotate just to see what each person had to give and just to see how each person thought. If they liked an idea, they would stick with it. If they didn’t, they’d change something about it. I thought this was genius because since they were just average people, they didn’t really have a big name to themselves and they didn’t let the power get to them.
Gandhi once said “be the change you want to see in the world.” I am a firm believer in this. I may not be able to move mountains, but what I can do is change the way that I treat people. I can and I will continue to outwardly love as much as I possibly can, even if it sounds super idealistic. I know who I am and I know what I’m capable of and I know that if God is for me, who shall be against me? I know not everyone holds the same spiritual thoughts as I but I firmly believe that the positives will always negate the negatives.
Little by little, step by step, I have hope for 2017.
And I will continue to hold onto this sliver of hope. We will make it, fam. We will make it. Just hold on, we’re going home (love you, Drake).
P.S. I’m very open to discussion. Please comment or email if there’s anything you’d like to talk about!
January 9, 2016
I watched Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes last night and I could not agree more with what she said. While what I mentioned in the above about the Grecian government is still something I think could work, I do agree that people with power can still be awesome influencers for this country and the world.
Meryl Streep’s speech was amazing. First and foremost, she received a standing ovation but she told the audience to “please sit down” repeatedly. She then began by listing out famous actors and actresses and where they came from, born in America or not. Her exact words were, “so Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners.” The speech continues and she then says “and if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not of the arts.”
Anyways, before I spoil the whole speech for you, let me link it for you so that you can watch it for yourself and feel all the magic that was within her whiling giving the speech. You can watch the whole speech here.
I’m out for now! I’m trying this thing where I try to write a post every day to let me relax my mind and so that I have someplace to put my thoughts.