I Know It’s Hard But...

I know that sometimes, it can feel emotionally exhausting to stand up for a cause or fight for equality. However, one thing we must not become, is desensitized to the cruelties of the world. That is what the opposition is counting on.

An environment of desensitization and apathy is where evil thrives.

As changemakers, let’s strive to create spaces to emotionally recharge as well as spaces that remind us of our purpose. 

Love is greater than fear and hate. It’s also a harder emotion to continuously access because it requires a level of big picture thinking and patience that does not work with today’s reactive world. 

What I do know for sure is this. It IS worth it to fight. Your work matters. You matter. If you’re feeling low on energy, hopefulness and/or disconnected, try these three things. 

Practice self-care: What is self-care? Any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. If you are not taking care of yourself by being mindful, meditating, and setting boundaries, you will be drained and you will regularly feel disconnected with yourself and mission. This can lead you to feeling lost.

Cultivate a community of fellow changemakers: A couple of things I have noticed are that there is a scarcity of fellowship for changemakers and sometimes changemakers don’t seek a community. We need this though because often times, you’re the only one that might see something a certain way which leads to resistance, name calling and even boycotts. Few people understand what this is like. The ones that do are fellow change makers so please create or find a community you trust and practice vulnerability and sharing your thoughts openly. Release, let go, cry, laugh. Do what you need to do but don’t hold back. Regularly fellowshipping with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals is a good way to release and recharge.

Continue to show up: Do this even if you don’t feel like it. It ALWAYS matters. Someone is ALWAYS watching. If you change just ONE life, that matters. That life might spark the revolution we need today.

“Our lives begin to end the moment we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King Jr. 


Tayo Rockson

Tayo Rockson is a storyteller, cultural translator, and brand strategist for change-makers on a mission to use his difference to make a difference.  He is a 4x TEDx speaker, the CEO of UYD Management, and the host of the As Told by Nomads podcast. In addition to that, he's been named a "Top 40 Millennial Influencer" by New Theory magazine. His book Use Your Difference To Make A Difference is based on how to connect and communicate in a cross-cultural world.

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