Updated: Feb 5
As a voice speaking on behalf of those who have been oppressed, I am filled with a sense of motivation, validation, gratitude, and a sense of not being alone. The words I speak are not my own, yet they are wise and true, and deserve to be heard. I speak for all who have been marginalized, patronized, dehumanized, ridiculed, categorized, traumatized, and dehumanized. No one individual is responsible for these injustices, and no one person can fix them. We all exist within a fragile construct of societal norms and conventions.
It is time to shatter these constructs and break free from the boxes that society has put us in, boxes built from fear itself. The only way to conquer fear is to face it head-on. Love is the path through fear. Love is not just a feeling, but an action. When we love, we empower love and it creates a chain reaction.
So, the next time you are faced with fear, choose love. Love dissolves fear, it is patient, kind, considerate, and forgiving, and it extinguishes the flames of fear. Ask yourself, what brings you fear? Explore the underlying emotions that fuel your fear, and question the beliefs that are driving that fear. Is it truly what you believe or is it simply fear in disguise? Fear tells us to avoid taking meaningful risks out of fear of being hurt, but love encourages us to be courageous and take that risk, knowing that love will be there every step of the way.