Stories of the Revolution
Whether you call it the movement or the revolution, most people I know desperately want to see a major shift in America and the world’s priorities including; pulling people out of poverty, reforming public education, ending this senseless war, helping put an end to the Darfur conflict, saving the planet, etc. Regardless of the issue, we are down for the “cause” so to speak. For those of us that share this burning desire, it is sometimes hard to understand why so many people just don’t get it.
I believe the reason why we don’t have more allies and suffer from reaching more people is because we allow the issues to overshadow our stories. By stories, I mean the experiences that sparked your desire to actively make this world better through mentoring, activism, organizing, etc. It could be a book you read, rally you attended, or class that you took. Whatever the reason, I ask that you mine your memory to pinpoint when and how you “got it”. It may not be one experience but that’s ok. Once you have this in mind, write it down and dwell on it.
The key here is to make sure that you understand how your story inspired your life’s mission and that when you get discouraged, you understand why you do the work that you do. Moreover, once you weave your story into the way you communicate your passion to others, you will notice that “story energy” is much more transferable than talking about why your issue is so important given the socioeconomic constructs of our society.
Lastly, it is quite a privilege to have a set of issues you care about and be able to work on them. With this privilege comes responsibility and part of that is showing other people possible ways they can have “aha” moments and start to live life with purpose.
What is your story?
Stay up fam,