Look at me getting all political right off the bat! I’m a little wacky like that, you know. That’s why my friends call me Whiskers.
I’m not usually this overt with my political leaning, but I was inspired by a recent conversation I shared with a friend about the election. I lamented the fact that I desperately desire change in this country, but I feel sort of alienated from the political process. Specifically, I feel like I just don’t know enough about politics to throw my hat in the proverbial ring. I’m going to vote (as I implore you all to do) but I don’t always feel confident to say my piece. Her response, which I felt to be quite wise, was that this feeling reflects one of the most pervasive and damaging myths in our society: if you’re not an “expert,” you don’t deserve a voice.
Take environmentalism, for example. I’ve always felt a little bit like other people know more and do more regarding the environment, to the point that I feel kind of helpless, even superfluous in the greater conversation of how to make our world better. Well, nuts to that. I remember another wise tidbit I learned from one of my writing instructors; unlike the popular saying, “write what you know” she said, “write what you’d like to know more about.” And that just seems to smack that rude little myth upside the head and send it to bed without dinner. Write as a way to get more involved with the things that you care about and want to learn more about? It’s genius.
So, for my part, that’s where I hope to go with this blog over the summer. My lovely writing companions may wish to take a different angle (as we are diverse ladies indeed) but I can say that we are all really excited to get more involved in our community, and to become lean, green, local-cuisine-eating machines. We’d love to hear some of your thoughts and experiences, dear internets, and to share with you some of our own.
I learned about this neat talk that’s happening later this week, so if you’re into biking (as you will learn in the coming months I sort of am) y’all should do your best to attend!
And that’s my piece.