My youngest daughter told me she thinks I am an activist a few days ago. I didn’t think so. I have never looked at myself like that at all. She said she was discussing this with my friend, who is a school teacher. This brought a grin to my face. I love that my daughter is getting educated.
Now that I get to thinking about it, I may have some activist like behaviors. I certainly have decided that in 2018 I will no longer be treated like I have the plague because someone I love suffers from addiction. Matter of fact, I have decided that it is high time for our small community to become educated.
I decided to speak at our local Tribal Council meeting in February. That was a bit hard. I was the last person lined up to speak and I had to wait almost a full two hours!! This gave me plenty of time to sweat and be nervous and replay what I wanted to say over and over.
Now, next week I am going to promote Black Balloon Day!! This is on March 6th. I am so exicted to tie a black balloon on my house and on my vehicles!! This is because someone I love dearly is affected by addiction and to honor someone lost to an overdose. So if you have someone you love affected by addiction, you can tie a black ballooon on your car or at your house. Take a photo and use the hashtage #BlackBalloonDay on Facebook and Instagram to show your support.
I will be hosting another event or two to bring awareness in our community in 2018. I will keep you posted. Addiction is not a moral failing, it is a chronic neurological disorder. I plan to keep bringing opportunities to educate others on this and to bring back love and compassion to those suffering and their families and anyone who needs it.
1.a person who campaigns to bring about political or social change.