Last night I was at a graduation ceremony for a group I am involved in Mesa Leadership Training and Development. During the evening as I was introduced by friends and peers to other people they introduced me as “the activist”. My mind rejected this term. “I am no activist.” I protested. That should be a clue right there. Then I was told I was because of my many passionate posts on Facebook and in blogs about how I thought things should be. I digested this notion for a moment and came to the realization that I was an activist all be it an accidental one.
I never meant to become involved in civic engagement, politics or activism. I just wanted to be me. Work, take care of my kids, hang out with friends and family perhaps, go to bed and do it all over again the next day. It was actually the place where I lived at the time that motivated me to get involved. I was notified by a community group about the outlandish interest rates being charged by payday lending stores in 2007 and about these things called sub-prime adjustable rate mortgages that sounded like a horrible idea. I thought surely if politicians and local leaders knew about this they would surely do something about it! I found that not to be the case at first and so began my education in civic engagement and activism.
I am no one remarkable. I say that because anyone can be an activist. Anyone, even a so called no one can do something. True, it may be difficult to solve complex issues. Perhaps it can’t be completely resolved, one person cannot do everything. Yet, every person can do SOMETHING and like a relay race in school if every person does something then many things can be accomplished and any race can be finished and even won.
It seems at times when going to community meetings the same faces are at every meeting. No fresh faces, no fresh ideas and at times I actually begin to resent those who could be there but chose not to be. Every person deemed eligible to vote should have some type of active participation in the decisions made in their community. Each should give back in their own way some time and effort to make the community in which they live, livable.
I am one of those people who do not stand for the cop out That’s just the way things are. That’s just bull! The truth is the future is a blank slate and anything is possible up to that one precise point in time called the present. It is like a stamping in stone of a reality that is the past. Yet until that moment happens there is always hope, there is always the possibility of action, there is always a little chaos and fate capable of occurring. No one has to accept anything as inevitable especially when they are working on behalf of the greater good of humanity.
I suppose I will concede to perhaps earning the title of activist…I am an accidental activist.