It seems as if everyone knows what to do, except for you, dearest reader. Everyone has an idea on how to ‘fix’ the world, or at least has ‘7 epic makeup hacks’, or at the very least ‘17 adorable puppy pictures to make your day instantly better’. With all these opinions it is easy to become lost; one can only look the same 17 adorable puppy pictures to make their day instantly better so many times before they realize that they have a serious problem.
As the issues stray farther from your personal well-being, and into the well-being of an entire race or sex, both the magnitude and scope is multiplied. Fixing something like racism is not as easy as donating millions to organizations, to having people read their think-pieces that will indisputably transform the reader into an empathetic and understanding person. If such a think piece exists (insert link to any of my articles here), it has obviously yet to be discovered by 7 billion people.
How do you fix an issue that is rooted so deep in the minds of some, that has subconsciously become the norm for many? I won’t even pretend to know the answer. The truth is that I don’t know what to do. I don’t even know what to tell you.
Why am I telling you this? Great question. I think that the fact that I don’t know what to do is actually my greatest strength. I truly believe that there is not one end-all solution. That’s okay. Different things will resonate with different people.
Just because the results of our actions are often unseen, it can feel as if progress is slow to nonexistent. To feel as though your good actions have been insignificant hurts. If your message is being lost on the majority of your audience, what’s the point, why bother? The problem with caring is that while it can give you great empathy and understanding of others, it hurts.
I wish I could make everyone feel accepted, give a voice to the powerless. I can’t. Sometimes I wish I did not have to carry the burden that empathy creates. These times are fleeting.
I don’t stop caring, nor will I ever, because if I can improve one life, it’s all worth it. If one thing I write or do or say gives hope to someone without any, I have succeeded. If I can persuade someone to care, to try and understand, all my efforts have been worth it.
Don’t underestimate the power that you and your words have. You can cause change, and that is incredible.