How do you reconcile the desire to metaphorically hide under the covers and go back to sleep—with the commitment to go outside and engage with the world? Both are present in me in a big way, these days. I look at the ways in which I have failed myself over and over, and it makes me want to disappear. But then I read the news, listen to NPR, watch tv, and everywhere around me, there is the clear call to action. Like, real action—action that I must take in my own little circle. Planned Parenthood gutted? PBS gutted? These things are imminent. They’re much bigger than me, but it’s not like I can sit back and say to myself “It’ll never happen.” It could! ESPECIALLY if I sit back and do nothing.
But what am I going to do? I have absolutely no experience in being an activist. No particular gift for it. And yet, I really do feel that we can’t be complacent. The world is shifting around us, and we do have the power to move mountains, if we could only summon the conviction required to pick up the phone, or stop by the office of wherever and say “Here I am. What can I do to help?”
Maybe I can organize a benefit concert at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, and get a lot of my friends to write songs with “Planned Parenthood” as the jumping off point. That might be a good place to start. Who’s in? What are your ideas? What’s bothering you, and what will you do (actually DO) about it?