Gotta Do Something by Chellyz View
I would be telling a story, but I guess this is what blogging is about telling stories. Right? Anyway, I would be telling a story if I told you I was feeling like a Champ and everything smelled like fresh roses. From social injustice, police brutality, crime in the neighborhoods, COVID-19, systematic oppression, overcoming depression damn…. I just got exhausted typing this all!!! Last week, it felt as if the walls were caving in on me. I was pissed. I was angry. I was suffocating. Mentally a Sistah was weak. I was about to faint.
Lately, the whole world has been in an uproar. Daily marches and protests, virtual meetings, and discussions, social media flooded with feelings of frustration, and the news chatters of another incident, another death, and another life lost too soon. This pain is piercing like the nails of a crucifixion. I heard the squeals of a mother on repeat who is saddened by losing a child. I saw the tears of children who are grieving because they keep trying to comprehend why their momma, daddy, or someone they cared about won’t be returning home. I experienced the hopelessness from families, friends, and the community losing their grasp because they are too weak to keep holding on from the attacks we face as a Black race.
This struggle started before I was pushed out of my momma’s womb. Racism, poverty, and discrimination have been causing labor pains before my great, great, great, and let me add another great grandmomma even graced the earth. Heroin, Crack, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, broken homes, and gunfire have plagued these streets like the Bubonic wreaking mad havoc. The stench is strong. As soon as the black community gets a whiff of what it feels like to be stable the Earth shakes and knocks us down on our backs. There’s smoke everywhere and it ain’t from the riots. We are being smothered by hate, destruction, and violence.
Though I felt weary last week, I know I “Gotta Do Something!” So, from time to time I must power down. I haven’t participated in any protests or marches but that doesn’t mean I won’t do anything. Many of us have been doing what we can for a long time. The weight of the cries, heavy hearts, and sorrows cannot be carried alone. We all “Gotta Do Something” in our own time and in our own way. We volunteer. We speak. We pray. We donate. We organize. We move. We are always moving in hopes of better days, better tomorrows, better years, better decades, and better centuries.
I ain’t giving up but every now again I must pause so I can contribute to the cause. Your actions may be subtle or you may attack the issues while roaring like a lion. Either way do something. Yes! You “Gotta Do something!”
-Let your heart be full of new ventures that will lead you to the possibilities of limitless conversations!