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You’re Allowed to Be Exhausted

There’s a thing going around social media saying that if you haven’t been fighting racial inequality for 400 years, you can’t be exhausted. Or something to that effect. I get the intention. The lived experiences of white people who have only recently taken up the cause cannot compare to the lives of black people. This has been their reality since birth. There’s privilege involved in having the ability to step back from it. I get it. That said, you’re allowed to be exhausted. Everyone is allowed to be exhausted. We’re being bombarded with one atrocity after another, and that’s draining.

You’re of no use to anyone if you’re completely burned out. This isn’t going to be a sprint. It’s still a marathon. It always has been. Do what you can, as you can. If you can’t stand in the hot sun at a protest rally, it’s okay. When you don’t have money to spare to donate, relax. If there are only so many things you can signal boost through retweets, you’re good. The important thing is that we’re all pulling in the same direction. What matters is that we continue to move in that direction, at whatever pace we can manage.

Current reality isn’t just about Black Lives Matter, police brutality, and the rise of fascism. We’re still in the middle of a pandemic. Most sane places are still under lockdown. People are out of work and struggling financially. There’s all of that AND taking up the cause? It’s a lot. Don’t allow anyone to make you feel guilty about how much you’re able to do. Never let anyone give you crap because you need to recharge your batteries. No. Do what you need to do, so we can continue to fight another day.

You’re Allowed to Be Exhausted