We should stop confusing what someone was doing when we became aware of them with all they are capable of, interested in, or ever hope to be

Let folks have their many talents, interests and gifts. Life is far more fun with variety, loves.

A lot of folks have come to know me as an activist & I’m grateful that folks care to know me at all.

But I wasn’t born in 2014. I was a whole teacher, executive, policy person, speaker, arts and culture lover, reader, writer, woman of faith, fashion and more before 4 yrs ago 🤷🏾‍♀️
We rightfully complain that marginalized people are not allowed to be fully human.

But we internalize and transfer our oppression daily. It’s a smog. We all breathe it in & act it out.

And then tell WoC “girl ain’t you supposed to be a _______? Why you doing ____?”

Can I live?
And don’t go reading anything personal into this-this isn’t about me necessarily and it’s no subtweet (I try hard not to do that.)

I’ve just been observing that behavior more and more lately. Especially when it comes to marginalized folks.
Evolution should be our aspiration.

“Can’t knock the hustle” should be our anthem.

As long as someone isn’t bringing active and continual harm, why can’t they explore their many sides?
Suffice it to say:

I am discovering that people want to keep you in the box they have for you because they’re too afraid to step out of their own.
Meanwhile, watching other women of color have the audacity to explore their many passions has inspired me to do the same.

Living outside your box will give other people permission to do the same.

And that’s freedom, too. Of the personal variety.
I’m happy when you win cause it means I can go dream bigger and being ten folks along with me when I do.

Being miserable on purpose takes entirely too much energy, anyway.
Been chewing on that one a while. 🤷🏾‍♀️

Night, y’all.

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Jacquelyn BB:
Always do you, boo! 💕
Betsy Bruening:
Thank you for this thread. 💕
Audrey Sara:
I love this I love this I love this.
Savi:
I was amazed by your work when we were both at TFA (shout out to STL opting into DEI programming in 2014!) and continue to be inspired since. Respect & love for the multiplicity of roles and identities, and I want to do better at bringing my complete self on a daily basis. 💜
Walt Turnes:
so many things would be so much better if we had all just listened to Bill S Preston Esq. "Be excellent to each other."
James Harradence:
Sentiment is bang on, but you only get one position in the public's mind so decide what you want that position to be or be unhappy.
Joshua Ortega:
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