From time to time, when meeting with my volunteers, we write flash blogs together: 10 minutes to get down our thoughts on a common prompt. We're practicing expressing ourselves and being less scared of blogging. This post is particularly rough.
Think of a set of opposites.
Think about how they've played out in your life this year.
Now think about what opposites mean.
Let's say all opposites are a spectrum. Instead of dark/light it's dark-------------------light.
And then let's talk about growth.
One of my YAVs has spent some time this year reflecting on how they use their voice. "I want to speak up more," they've said -- I want to be more loud. They've grown more firmly into loud-ness; not as an opposite of quiet, but as another branch of who they are.
A lot of the YAV program is about breaking down simple binaries. Instead of legal/illegal, let's question the system that perpetuates this dichotomy. Instead of dangerous/safe, let's talk about what it really means to be safe or to create safety and let's talk about who feels safe in what situations and why. Instead of big/small and looking for the one right size of organizations and movements, let's talk about context. Let's ALWAYS talk about context.
Opposites are just representations of a spectrum.
Author, Alison Wood
queer, white, cisgender, U.S. passport-holding, Presbyterian, church-employed, challenged by faith, working to take apart the cultures of domination that make me and that I make
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