Gratitude

If you’re constantly comparing yourself to what you see on social media, you’ll always fall short. 

And in this time of carefully curated feeds, and digital tools, and hashtag driven movements, and Tr*mp’s trolls, it’s easy to feel like you’re not enough. 

But if you think about what our ancestors had to work with, you’d realize that we have way more now than ever before. I don’t have to look too much further than my own mother for context. 

My mother, who is an accountant, picked cotton as a kid and she hasn’t even reached the age of 60. For her, there was no Twitter, no Internet, no laptop, no college experience, no stressing out over wiFi connections. 

Yes things may be hard for you now and there’s no denying that life is still hard even with technology. But I can’t help to think about so many of the people she grew up with, the people my brother and I grew up with, who didn’t make it to see the first world problems that we have now. There are a lot of structures in place in our society that were created to keep us at the bottom. 

If you can log onto Facebook via your phone, if you have access to subscription based services, if you’re able to create an Instagram account whenever you want, you’ve already surpassed so much of what’s against Black and Brown people in this country. 

We are here, in spite of it all.

We are the exception.

And for that, I am grateful.

MK, Founder of #blkcreatives

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From Michell's book, Keep It 100

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