There are people who complain about those who talk about the activism they do, but I think for someone in my case it's a bit different. DBT literally includes helping others and getting involved as part of distress tolerance (Wise Mind ACCEPTS. The first C being for, "Contributing."). Getting involved not only helps others, but it also helps my self-esteem and mental health. Do good, feel good, and I don't think there's anything wrong in being proud of what you've done and sharing it.
Since the election happened, I have been inspired to get more involved. I want to do more, do different, and do stuff outside of my comfort zone. I am using this blog to keep track of the activism I have been doing, and am doing.
- Wrote letters to my senators, house reps, and Paul Ryan asking them to not repeal the ACA.
- Called Elizabeth Warren's office, asking her to help protect the ACA.
- Made phone calls to several police departments asking them to bring back their officers from Standing Rock.
- Donated money in people's names to organizations of their choice for holiday gifts.
- Donated $1 to five different organization.
- Plan on donating $12 a month to a different organization.
- I am planning a letter writing/donation night at my church for Standing Rock. We will come together and write to as many people as we can to stop DAPL, and I will collect monetary donations.
- I'm attending a BLM Vigil
- I'm going to a Pant Suit Nation and Stand up for Racial Justice (SURJ) meetings
- I will be taking part in the Million Woman March in Washington DC.
The biggest thing I need to be careful about overdoing it and burning out.