Monday, September 25, 2017

My vows to Katrina

This is the last thing I've written and edited and written and edited, so I thought I'd share.

My vows to Katrina
I saw a character description in a book the other day that fit me perfectly.
I am a romantic at heart and will always put aside dull plodding reason for the excitement of an enigma.

This was an insult to the character, but I embrace it.

Now, those of you who have had the pleasure of knowing Katrina are probably thinking, “Ooh, this is gonna be good. Katrina is nothing like that.”

I act on feeling and risk at an attempt to make something different, create big change, and attain unreasonable goals. And I thought acting on feelings and taking big risks was the ONLY way to make big change UNTIL I met Katrina.

Katrina is a highly intelligent, deep thinker with eyes that see the true weight of the world. She acts on logic. Her instincts make sense. Instead of using her feelings to plot the course to the end goal, she uses feelings to power the path to get there. Through hard work and like minds, she has taken on seemingly unattainable goals with conviction and has helped save a library system, unionize a charter school, mobilize an existing union of 11,000 people, and although she may not believe it at times, she changes lives by simply moving through the world and being her.

You see, Katrina is a Giver. And when she gives something to someone, may it be advice, a lesson, a book, she lends a piece of herself along with it. She invests herself so deeply in others that self-care can take a back seat. What makes her the true superhero, is that she doesn’t have super powers. Though she is a defiant wizard at heart, it is remarkable that she moves many mountains at a time with mere muggle strength, and her giving nature is contagious.

Katrina, I love you, I have so much love for you, and I want to support you and your mission to make change to the world, when you give the silenced a platform and when you give your time to protect the rights of those who have set out to do the same.

I vow to support you in all the ways that I can and to lift you up with whatever resources I have. I vow to continue my journey in fighting my own racism, ableism, and classism, so I can see more clearly as I walk in this world and be a more structurally sound system of support for you.

You are radiant. (Now back to my romantic antics)

As Michelangelo said, “Stars shower radiance; earth calls the impulse, LOVE.”

Thank you.