The strive for social justice is the backbone of modern history. It defines a nation’s narrative: what it stands for and what it wants to achieve. History pushes one to ask: “What has changed? What hasn’t ?” This is the caption of TIME Magazine’s May 11, 2015 gripping cover, shot by David Allen. The cover not only garnered support for the Black Lives Matter Movement, a response to the vigilant persecution of African Americans, but it also conveyed the intensity of racism in the United States as a control mechanism through the most abhorrent form of political violence: police brutality. The cover crossed out the date 1968, and replaces it with 2015 which is the actual date during which the photo was taken. In bold red numbers, the placement of the year 2015 cemented the stark resemblance between the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM). Although these two movements are separated by decades of modernization, they both remain all too relevant in terms of their messages, tactics, and influence.
I'm the most stressed out person I know. I mean, it's so easy for anyone to constantly worry about the future and forget about the present. "What if I don't get into medical school?" or "What if I'll die alone?" or "What if I get fired tomorrow?": Our minds are always pushing us into a state of doubt and of perpetual worry that literally does not change the outcome. Worrying ruins the journey. The real question we should be asking ourselves is: "Why generate thousands of hypothetical scenarios when we could just transform what's upsetting us into something that uplifts us?"
On Sunday October 14, 2018, I received the greatest honor of my life so far: becoming a godmother to my six-week-old baby cousin. On Labor Day, the day my baby cousin graced my world with her arrival, my friend Helen and I went shopping, as one does when everything's on sale. I remember looking for the perfect outfit to get her.