Fall 2020 is . . . different. We are experiencing a new way of life for the very first time. From online schooling to remote working, the way we ‘travel’ about our daily lives has completely changed. Leaving many of us to question, how do we transition in a period of transition? To put it simply, we adapt.
Life is back in session . . . well, kind of. It’s no secret that Covid-19 has come through like a tsunami turning our easy day to day tasks into extensive missions. From how we choose to shop to how we socialize, everything has changed. Not to mention how we work, go to school, and our interaction with our family. All of this has been overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be with these five tips.
Goals often times are to-do lists on our way to our dreams. Acting as mile markers as we continue to work towards achieving an even greater accomplishment. Although necessary some may get lost in the “physical” distance between their goal and their current position. Forgetting the small wins that they have achieved in the process of working towards this new goal. We miss the small celebrations because we have zeroed in on the “only goal that matters”. Unintentionally causing ourselves to stress out when we fail. Or even burn out from being overloaded by our work.
We must find value in both the journey to the goal and the goal itself. As a society, we are often encouraged to only see the wins, or to “grind in silence”. Causing us to feel that if it’s not a win it can’t be acknowledged or should be shamed for being in a predicament that isn’t a notable win. We don’t realize that often a win could be seven hours of sleep, having a balanced meal, being able to sell your first product item, or even having enough self-awareness to say that you need help. These are all wins as they provide clarity for a better and well-nurtured you.
Yes, achieving goals keep us motivated and surround us with a feeling of being nurtured. However, we must separate success from personal neglect. We aren’t winning in a professional sense if we continue to neglect our holistic needs. Remember we can’t pour from an empty cup, but more importantly, we cant fuel ourselves on the bare minimum.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. -Harriet Tubman
Juneteenth is an annual holiday that commemorates and holds observance as the official day of the emancipation of all enslaved black people. Although we are often taught and reference the end Civil War as the official freeing of all enslaved black people, that simply isn’t true.
On June 19th, 1865, Major General Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that the previously enslaved people were now free. This comes nearly 2 and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was officially enacted on January 1st, 1863. On this day those who were still enslaved received official notice of being free and thus Master and then Slave were presumed to be on equal footing with equal rights.
A year to the day Texans began celebrating Juneteenth to commemorate their freedom. They held parades, cookouts, historical and cultural readings as well as musical performances to celebrate the occasion. Overtime different communities began to create their own traditions. Such traditions began to grow and spread as many migrated to different states, taking with them a remembrance of Juneteenth, and its importance.
Today Juneteenth is officially observed in 47 states and the District of Columbia. As we celebrate we must share the memory of Juneteenth’s importance and celebrate new beginnings within the black community. Juneteenth is a representation of the delayed freedom for black people due to systemic and institutional oppression. This year we celebrate in honor of the black lives that have been lost and for those that we still hold near and dear. We choose to celebrate our blackness simply because it deserves to exist and will continue to take up space within the land we currently call home. Whether by playing spades, going to a cookout, or sharing old family stories, we choose to embrace each other for all that we are. Today we extend our love for one another and will continue to do so every year moving forward.
Cheers to 155 years in celebration of Juneteenth!
“Nobody's free until everybody's free.“ | Fannie Lou Hamer American Political lead |