It is a privilege to remain asleep. I was reminded of that this weekend at the Women’s March. All around me if felt like people were waking up. I was waking up. However, many people of color have not had that luxury and have been forced to stay very awake their entire lives. In the words of Audre Lorde, “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
We have a big job to do friends. As caregivers, we need to make sure we are taking better care of ourselves now more than ever. We have no business falling asleep and hoping someone else will take care of this mess. We are responsible. We chose the caregiving field. We chose a field where we would be charged to take care of others. This charge does not stop when our shifts end.
People will make excuses for us. We’ll always get a pass. In our field, we work crazy hours, long hours. No one will blame us if we don’t speak up “because we already do so much already.” Don’t let excuses override what you know to be right. We need to cut it out.
One of the posters at the march said, “Can we expect to see all you nice white ladies at the next Black Lives Matter protest?” Hell yeah! Time to wake up.
Take care of YOU.