I’ve been thinking a lot about change lately.
As the mother of one year-old twins, change is truly the only constant in my life right now. Some days I’m able to embrace this wholeheartedly, and other days, I resist it with every cell of my being. Watching my children constantly weave in and out of new phases of growth has been such a beautiful meditation on accepting the bittersweetness of change.
I’m going to guess that change has been on your mind as well.
There are changes that happen to us, and changes we choose to make – and sometimes, both kinds of change happen in tandem.
For many of us, the political events of the past several months have sparked change on a deeply personal level. People who never considered themselves activists have chosen to engage in social and political changemaking in a new way. And people who have been on the front lines of activism for a long time have renewed their commitment to self-care, realizing the immense importance of sustainability in their work.
I’m finding myself somewhere in the middle in my own response to recent political changes: committing to social and political action in a new way, but also re-prioritizing self care. Knowing that I want to change the way I show up for causes I care about, and also, that I want to change the way I show up for myself and my family.
Again, some days I can embrace these changes – and some days I resist them. The changes I most want to see in myself and in the world won’t happen overnight.