backpost: July 1st, 2018.

written on facebook, July 1st 2018 

self protection is an act of self love. self love is an act of bravery. you do not have to lay down in front of freight trains. you do not have to throw yourself into gridlock and darkness to prove your goodness, the depth of your heart, your pathos. you do not need to break yourself in order to show up— to prove you care and that you care hard.

you do not need to prove yourself, period.

you have quietly made home inside heartache after heartache for too long. you are allowed to wonder why, what for?

you are not wrong.

I see y’all, too—

we’re looking for home: a safe space that should not have been taken from us in the first place.

shout out to all of y’all who do the work, and the work of others, in building and nurturing community.

shout out to all of y’all who do the work, and the work of others, in holding steadfast (& dismantling when necessary) the structures meant to serve us.

shout out to all of y’all who do the work, and the work of others, in seeing and tending to the wounded, the hurting.

you are all so necessary. this is a battle, daily. thank you for your selflessness, your generosity of heart, your bravery—

— i am humbled to know you; to be able to bear witness to what you do.