Due to unforeseen circumstances on behalf of three of our guest bloggers, we will not be able to post the day 4, 5, or 6 posts during the Week of Action. However, because we still believe the ideas of our guest bloggers are worth sharing, these may be posted at a later date. Instead, Meg and Alice of the Stories Project Team are going to share what all they’ve been doing and feeling during the Week of Action.
Meg: I always have mixed feelings about running this event and this time of year in general. It always seems hard to reconcile the “remembering the past” part of the event, which is full of stories of violence and loss, with the “hoping for the future” part. I focused on many of the same things I did last year: sharing my own story, helping others – this time someone who is very dear to my heart – share their stories, reminding people they are loved and valuable, encouraging people to take care of themselves and prioritize their mental health, offering support or a listening ear to anyone who needs it, etc. I’m trying to focus on those of us who live in the aftermath of violence and loss as much as those who didn’t survive. I know what it’s like to feel like no one else gets what I’m going through and no one wants to talk about it because surviving is messy, or it happened a long time ago, and I don’t want anyone else to feel that way. I’ve focused so far on spreading a little love and light around for people who need it.
Alice: I’ve been thinking a lot about Rebecca Wight’s story this week. I actually dug through my closet to find some of the old newspaper articles I kept about it, my old journals. I wanted to remind myself, because it’s easy to forget, how scary something like that can be for kids who are young and isolated. My kids are so close to the age we were then. They’ve grown up in such a different world than I did but it’s hard not to worry about them. I made sure I told each of them I loved them this week. I know the date’s coming up on that one. I was thinking about taking my youngest onto the trails this summer – in my house, each little one gets at least one extended backpacking trip to learn about the value of nature – and I’m thinking of talking to him a little bit about what happened here.
Other than that, I’ve been jumping into healthy debates this week and standing up for GLBT people wherever I can. I’ve been reading what others had to say, reflecting a lot. I went back and looked at the stories people have shared with us. I’ve also been searching for opportunities to reach out to young GLBT people, just to say, “Hey, I have some experience with what you’re going through.” I feel energized doing this, taking our challenge, even though it’s sad to think about.
Authors: Meg and Alice