I dreamt that I had renewed my passport and eaten the old one for some reason, maybe for security. But then I thoughtlessly ate a page of the new one, the page with the most important information on it, and so I'd have to renew it again.
LWC talked about, it feels as if someone has died. It feels as if our hopes and dreams have died. Many of us feared that Obama, our first black president, would be assassinated. Instead it feel like they have assassinated the possibility of a future, the possibility of a second black president, of a Muslim president, of a queer or woman president, of safety, of progress.
Jesse talked about generational trauma. The fears and warnings of her mother ringing in her head. Talking to an ignorant financial planner about the dangers of the FBI; about how the Nazi party came to power.
TWW talked about how fleeing is a fantasy. Furiosa, she dreams of escaping to the green place. But it does not exist. She gathers allies and draws her enemies away and returns to retake the Citadel.
What can we do, as chronically ill people? We are often not people who can plan and lead marches. We generally cannot work long hours. Many of us have trouble with phone calls due to anxiety. Many of us are poor and cannot donate or purchase supplies.
Here's what we can do.
Link sharing of important information.
Emotional labor, such as telling people we care for them, leaving supportive comments, linking to cute animal pictures and music.
Listening to people's troubles. Using Skype and calling our friends. Sometimes you understand something so much better when you describe it to someone else; you can think through a problem when you talk to someone.
Sending packages or notes in the mail.
Producing fanfic, fanworks, art, etc. Journaling. Creating. Letting our voices be heard. Reminding the world that we exist.
Wearing buttons-- making ourselves and our positions visible to the world.
Starting conversations. Being allies as best we can.
Sharing what resources and skills we have. For instance cooking, proof reading, pet sitting.
Take care of ourselves and each other, because survival is essential. Remind others to do self-care. Affix your own oxygen mask before assisting others.
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