Political activism: how to be an introvert and an activist
In light of recent events (what have you done, America?!!!), I would like to pick up a topic I have always struggled with. Let's talk political activism. I am a person full of opinions and full of political opinions. Which I constantly let people know. People being my boyfriend, my mom and my best friend. That's about it. I went to exactly one political march in my life. And I felt totally out of place. The march ended in a square where an assembly took place. People were talking publicly (!) about their political views. I went home crying. I felt useless, weak and like a fraud. Because I knew I could never be this brave articulate person who just grabs the mic and talks to a huge crowd about starting the revolution. And that's okay. I don't have to be this person. You don't have to be this person.
There is not only one legitimate form of activism. Taking to the streets is the traditional form of protest, which is still super important. But, especially nowadays, there are so many more ways of showing activism. Just think of all the Twitter hashtags, which are basically the digital age way of participating in a demonstration. Or you can sign a petition on change.org. Or even start a campaign yourself. Or you can just write a blog post. You can find whatever form feels right to you and in line with your personality. And even "just" talking to your friends about your political beliefs is totally valid. If you're able to reach three people and make an impact on them, well, that's pretty awesome.
So, please, if you want to speak up about something, don't feel pressured to do this in circumstances you don't feel comfortable with. Yes, it is important to step out of your comfort zone. But touching delicate topics, like politics, can be daunting enough. So, take it step by step. Don't make it even more terrifying for you. It should feel good and right. Find whatever works for you.