Life is too short not to have the underwear, the coffee, and the haircut you want.(via awelltraveledwoman)
No. Here’s my advice for you, if you’re in high school: Don’t worry about your job or career at this point. Try as many things as possible. If you want to make radio, make radio. If you want to join a band, join a band. Be curious, be open, don’t be locked in. Take a job to make some money but don’t worry about what it is. I worked in a swim club and read books for a summer. It was fun.
There’s enough time to think about this stuff later. Life is not a resume; a resume is not a life.
What a great response.
The whole “not all men,” “not all white people,” “not all police” defense that so many people take whenever any oppressed group speaks out, is so overwhelmingly damaging and destructive to any possibility for change or reform. All it does is stop the conversation. All it does is tell anyone who is listening that you missed the point, and that you would rather completely change the conversation and make it about you, than you would waste your time listening to someone who is suffering. When someone is sharing their pain with you and crying out for help, the most selfish thing you could possibly do is to instantly become defensive and turn on them just because you can’t relate to what they’re saying. You’re just as responsible for creating the vicious cycle of oppression by becoming defensive instead of listening. No change, no reform, no healing can ever happen if you just keep shutting down the conversation by changing the subject. When you do that, you’re the problem, you’re actively making things worse. You’re making everything so much harder for the people struggling to be heard. If you’re not being oppressed, how does shouting about how you know good men, or good white people, or good cops, change anything? How does that help the people who are being oppressed by bad men and racists and corrupt cops? Why can’t you just listen? Yes there are two sides to everything, yes there are good and bad people in every race, gender, profession, yes there are experiences that you will never be able to fully relate to, but how does stating the obvious in such a defensive way, help those who are experiencing injustice? Change will never happen until we stop making everything about us and start actually listening to each other.