I wanted to pop in and give you a little update about why my blog and social media channels have been a little silent as of late.
Almost 3 weeks ago, my Grammie Pat passed away from cancer. We were anticipating it, but of course any loss is hard. The past 2 weeks we’ve been cleaning her home, donating things, and getting her death in order – of course, with the pandemic it is hard since we could not have a traditional service, so everything was kind of at a stand-still for awhile there.
Then unfortunately, last week my uncle took his own life abruptly, leaving our family to pick up the pieces of an unexpected suicide. Needless to say, May 2020 was a very traumatizing month for us all. It felt like it lasted an entire decade. I even said to my parents, “gee, in January I turned 29 and I was really looking forward to my 30s. It’s too bad I’m now 40 in the span of a month.”
And of course, I cannot stay silent on the current happenings in the country right now. I always strive to keep this a positive place without interference from politics or religion, and that will continue – but I do believe the current situation in the Black community is a humanity issue and I am trying to listen and educate myself so I can be a better ally.
The world is hard and cruel enough as it is on top of a pandemic and what is happening in the Black community. I think the bare minimum we can do – every single one of us – is to spread kindness. Listen to people when they speak. Educate ourselves on how to do better. Help out when we can. We’re all dealing with crazy things in our personal lives on top of the world’s events and right now it can be difficult to understand, or confusing, or frustrating – I get it. But like I said, the bare minimum we can do is show and spread kindness.
I’ll be back to my regularly-scheduled posting here soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share a few resources for you in case anyone needs them.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Open Path Collective – a great resource for people who need therapy but cannot afford the financial burden; open to anyone of any race, religion, gender.
Stay safe out there, and remember to be kind.