I took part in my first Protest action with Greenpeace Africa last week.🤗
I could not be on the frontlines with the rest of the activists as I am still not well enough to do crazy things with my body, so I decided to take on a role that put my organising and planning skills to good use.
This responsibility tested me in ways that I didn’t think I was capable of achieving. I was in charge of feeding 35+ people for a 2-day period. It was hard trying to figure out what food to provide for thirty people who were going to work long, hard hours to plan and execute the Nuclear Protest.
It was hard trying to figure out what to buy and how much of it to buy for such a large group of people.😅
Most of the food that I purchased, I have not eaten in over 14 years so you can only imagine what my nerves were like while I rushed around the aisles filling up the four trolleys I used to shop.
This task was made harder because I wasn’t allowed to talk to anyone about what I was doing as this is part of the security protocol when organising actions of this nature. It was also considerably more difficult to go shopping on my own for all the food items, especially when I was suffering from excruciating chronic back pain and cannot lift heavy objects.
I am happy that I pushed through my dis-ease and am glad to report that thanks to careful planning and timely execution, I managed to complete the grocery shopping in 2 hours and 30 minutes – this included placing orders for lunch and dinner meals for the first day.🤪
I did get a bit sick of seeing and being around food last week because my office was turned into a spaza shop and take a look at the pics to see what the boot of my car looked like when I collected lunch on day 1.
As it turns out, my food duties were a vital part of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into organising an action, and I’m super proud of myself for executing the task with precision and grace even though I felt pretty buggered afterwards. Everybody was super happy with all the thought and care that I took in completing my role in this Action, and that made me super stoked. 🤓
I enjoyed the experience and would do it again in a heartbeat because I understand the importance of getting involved in a cause in which I believe. And I genuinely think that every person on this planet has a role to play in helping to bring about change.
When I discovered that I have a chronic disease that can disrupt my life and make doing everyday things much harder to manage, I chose to look on the brighter side of life. Now, I have a built-in stop mechanism in my body that will tell me when to slow down and take a rest. So you see, instead of letting my disease dissuade me from getting involved as an activist. It has taught me to look for creative solutions that will allow me to participate and contribute in a meaningful way that goes beyond the norms of what people consider activism.
Besides being on the frontlines of a protest is not for everybody. There are, however, many other ways that you can get involved, and participate in activities for a cause in which you believe. All you have to do is choose to be an active participant, and the Universe will provide you with the opportunities to use your skills for good.
I used my skills for good this week, and it felt great to be a part of something that is bigger than myself. I felt a sense of community with my fellow activists, and I also got to know some of the people at work on a more personal level, which is a win-win in my books. 👍
So, as I have proven with my little Act of Courage, you don’t have to be at the forefront of a movement to make your small ripple of change felt in this world. What is more important is that you want to be involved in the change and that you find ways to get yourself involved in causes that you believe in. It can start with a random act of kindness for a stranger, and it builds from there as you move towards paying it forward every day.