Social justice movements invoke your whole being to be a part of them. It takes energy from the deepest parts of ourselves to constantly remind people of our worth. Though a labor of love, it is an emotionally, spiritually, and physically exhausting task to consistently remind folk that other people, no matter what their race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, nation of origin, level of ability, socio-economic level, education level, and gender are all equal and deserve for their humanity to be honored as sacred, their value to be affirmed, and their dignity to be respected.
It's easy to focus on how hard the ground and soil are because it is resistant. It's easy to be angry at the tools you were given because they aren't producing the results that they promised. It's easy to allow the enormity of the unplowed land to distract you from the fact that you've toiled long and hard and that fruit is growing.
Activism doesn't only mean holding signs and protesting.
It may be reminding people in your sphere of influence that all humans are indeed real people with the same inherent value, dignity, and worth as they have and should be treated as such.
In all your efforts to change the world around you, no matter the issue, the audiences you speak in front of, and the systems that you work to dismantle along the way- make sure you take care of yourself and each other. Remember to be equally as persistant and invested in loving, affirming, and supporting the community of people around you committed to the same work.
It's easy to think as you look down that you're alone when in reality there are people all around you who are also moving their plow and reworking the tools they've been given to demolish the corrupt soil so that new soil can be cultivated and produce life. We can't forget to look up.
Keep your head up.