Advocate as a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.
Activist as a person who campaigns to bring about political or social change.
Emotions are a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.
Passion is a strong and barely controllable emotion
Self Care is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health
These words describe someone who is passionate and is put time and energy into creating a better future. Advocacy to me always seemed like something that would be super easy to do. Create an instagram page, write some blog posts and share motivational quotes every Monday #MotivationalMonday. I realize now that is so much more than what I originally expected.
Personally, I feel myself as being more of an advocate rather than activist, however, there are definitely days where activism takes place. This past week, my reasoning behind being an advocate became crystal clear. A few things hit home with me and it set in stone why I am writing this blog. Why I am pursuing a future for Pics 4 Passion.
And the reason behind my fight is to prove that Emotions are a sign of passion not weakness. Emotions are a powerful tool and the reason behind social and political change. I also am working towards doing my best to encourage youth and young adults to implement self care into their daily routines and use their passions as a coping mechanism.
Emotions + Issue = Passion
Passion + Initiate = Action
Action + Time = Change
Don’t get me wrong, up until recently I had always seen emotions as a sign of weakness. Ugly crying is an understatement for me when those flood gates open. For the longest time emotions have been seen as something to be embarrassed about. You’re weak if you let people see you cry. You must put a mask on and deal with your own problems. No one cares about your emotions or problems anyway. Stop being so emotional. Man up. Get thicker skin. Push everything down and don’t deal with the emotions until the emotions deal with you and you make an utter fool of yourself.
Genders aside, you shouldn’t be ashamed of being emotional or showing emotion. You shouldn’t feel like you need to hide how passionate you are about something. You have every right to feel.
All that being said, I want to take a moment to recap to one of the other things I am fighting for. Self care.
Self care is how we learn to deal with our emotions in a healthy way. It's how we learn to funnel our emotions and energy into things that matter. Using our frustration for good. Allowing ourselves ro be sad during difficult times but also being grateful for all the learning opportunities that came along with those events. putting our energy into things we are passionate about instead of people who are going to bring us down.
This is not easy to do. Never will be. But its possible and it all starts with knowing and accepting, emotions are a powerful to not a weakness. And that that tool needs to be coated for so it doesnt malfunction, rust or blows and then becomes useless. A.K.A. Take Care Of Your Self!
These are just a few of the things I am passionate about and am working towards. These are lessons for myself just as much as they are to others. We are all in this together.