Monday, 3 March 2014
When I first became a feminist (here we go again!), I was super inspired by incredibly massive, huge, famous activists. It's taken me almost two years to realise that the greatest inspiration is often found a lot closer to home.
Now I'm not saying that famous feminists aren't inspiring and brilliant. Because obviously, they are! But I spent so long searching for hope in people far, far away that I often missed the magic that was right in front of me. I am so lucky and thrilled to know some of the incredible people that I do. People who give me courage even in the darkest of places. And I'd just like to thank them, publicly, for giving me the support and strength to do what I do.
"What spurred this post?" you might be thinking. The truth is, today is not somebody's birthday, or a special event, or a day that I've spent with incredible people around me. Today is just like any other day. Today is just another regular, monotonous, unextraordinary experience. And yet here I am, thinking and writing about how incredibly grateful I am.
The truth is, I despise the idea that we should only admire the beauty around us when it's pointed out to us. It's one of many reasons why I hate Valentine's Day, or any other day to recognise love. Because, of course we need to recognise how important our everyday relationships are, but we should recognise them because we think about them, not because some exterior force has asked us to. I'm writing this post because I've been thinking a lot recently about how much I love the people around me and how fortunate I am to have met them. Just because I am.
I try my hardest to let the people around me know that I care because, honestly, they deserve it soooo much. And I feel that we really suppress affection in our culture, and I'm sick of it! If I love someone, I want them to know, and I don't want to feel OTT for constantly reminding them. Sometimes I'll bake someone a cake when it's not their birthday, or send them a nice text just for the heck of it. It doesn't have to be complicated, just something to make someone smile! Countless times, I've been asked by others why I do things when I don't have to do them. I truly believe that it's the things we don't have to do that mean the most when we do them.
So over the next week, I will be doing more randomly letting people know I care. I would suggest for others to try it, but then the thought to do so would come from a blog, not from inside!! It's all about loving for the sake of loving. It's about doing the things you don't have to do, randomly, because those are the most powerful :))