This is not new information. Police brutality, health disparities, access to fresh food and safe places to exercise, homelessness, the ability to share the platform at powerlifting events, and the list goes on and on, all disproportionately impact black communities, especially those who identify as transgender. I’ll be donating. Please join me. There’s work to be done not just now that this is relevant in our worlds. We have to keep going, keep listening, keep educating ourselves (white friends), and keep standing with our community once the hashtags are no longer popular.
I often think about how social justice and fitness overlap as they are the two fields that I have spent my career working in. There are SO many parallels between the skills needed to be effective allies and the ones that help us make strides in our mental and physical health.
Discomfort, growth, failure, showing up when we don’t want to, and fear are all major themes in our struggles with working out and self-care. They are also common experiences that privileged groups encounter when seeking to become allies to underserved groups. Guilt, denial, having really tough conversations, sitting in discomfort, wanting to just hide and avoid reality because if we maintain a privilege identity, we do not have to think about these hard things if we do not want to, but showing up anyway because too many people don’t get the choice. It’s all part of the lifelong work. It’s all work that we are very much capable of. Maybe I’m naive, but I still believe in us as humans. All of us.
It’s time we show up for ourselves not only to improve our own wellbeing so we can show up better in our communities, but to work on the skills to be more engaged and committed members of our world. Yes, we need systemic and macro level change AND those changes start on the micro level with us as individuals working on our strength, resiliency, empathy, and our ability to see ourselves as part of something bigger than ourselves.
We can do this. If you need support on the self care strategy and implementation front, please reach out, and let’s do this. It’s time. It’s been time.
Please note, I’m fully aware that posting on social media does not make me an ally AND also increasing awareness one person at a time is how the world is going to change. Just like physical and mental health progress, social change is slow. Sustainable change both individually and collectively is worth the time investment. Let’s do the work together.
What would happen if we scheduled our lives around our own self-care? I believe that we would have a world of humans who feel great mentally and physically, show up better for their jobs, their families, their communities, and have less pain and stress. I think we would completely change the world as we know it. Well, the world has already shifted, so what do we have to lose? Start today.