Sometimes it's exhausting, frustrating, crazy or even despair-making. (Just being 100% honest here, OK?)
Often, though, it's exhilarating, exciting & fun!
& gives you an awesome feeling that you're doing stuff that really matters.
& while all that is happening, it is also building community (i.e., you are making great friends!)
Listen to this!
“The Psychotherapeutic Value of Activism: Psychologist James Hillman says that taking action to correct social and economic injustice in the world can serve as powerful psychotherapy. In some cases, it may even be a more effective way to transmute one’s personal pain than talking about the pain with a therapist.” – from Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia, by Rob Brezsny
I rest my case.
Now, I'm going to go & rest myself.
'Quote of the day' with this post: “It’s antithetical to the definition of power in this culture that a person might derive power by service rather than control, but that’s the essence of midwifery.” – Elizabeth Davis, Heart & Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, quoted in Rob Brezsny’s Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia
p.s. big oops! I also needed to add in this one: “A study by psychologists at the University of Sussex in Great Britain has found that taking part in campaigns, demonstrations, strikes, and protests is good for you. Interviews with activists revealed that participants experienced a deep sense of happiness and even euphoria in being involved in protest events.” – quoted in Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia, by Rob Brezsny
p.p.s. I've written about activism a lot – shoot, I'm an activist & writer; it's who I am & what I do! But I did write these others very specifically about the whys of activism...for me, anyway: