Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Gay Vegans: Don't Give Up

By Dan Hanley

NOTE: This post is also about self-care. I know many don’t like to think about that so I am warning you up front!

Believe me, I get it. There is a lot going on. Family, work, a sick dog, resisting, and that awesome organic kale you bought has gone bad in the fridge.

Meanwhile, you want to do more to fight against animal cruelty or put a spotlight on domestic violence and human rights abuses. The news brings no relief and after an exhaustive day you realize you’re out of your favorite tea.

We have a couple of friends who are having intense life experiences right now. I think of them often as they struggle to make it through the day while caring for kids who are quite ill at the time. Other friends have just lost a family member and I recently heard from an activist friend who is just exhausted.

Don’t give up. Self-care is important, and loving and supporting those in our lives is equally important. I was swamped this week yet took time for a swim and just in those few minutes I felt better. Mike and I took the time for date night last night and that means the world to us. And the other day I called a couple of friends who are having a tough time.

Let’s keep rocking it for our causes. Let’s keep speaking out, protesting, marching and making calls to our electeds. Let’s keep loving on our friends and fellow activists. And let’s take care of ourselves. Whether it’s a walk around the block or a swim or a yoga session. Volunteer, go to a museum or make a donation. Be of service to another. Do something for you, or something that makes you feel good.

Then you can jump right back in. There is no lack of actions to take and things to do just as part of your daily life. Those things will always be there. If we are not going to give up we have to take care of ourselves.

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