Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” ― Audre Lorde
A week ago, I was still really struggling and sad about The Pulse Shooting. Ok, so I'm still struggling and sad about it but I was much more so that day. I decided to do a memorial service during the two LGBT support groups that I facilitate where I work and I had written something long and angry. Fortunately, I had a therapy session before the service and it was so helpful. "I want you to feel how connected you are," my therapist said. She reminded me that I needed to be part of my community, the importance of not hiding and taking care of myself. I felt bolstered up, being reminded of the interconnectedness of all people and I left knowing that I needed to rewrite my service. I majorly edited what I wrote, which was a mix-match of several blog posts, and ended it with a question about self-care. In our quest to make sense of the horror, we need to reach out, support each other, and take care of ourselves. It is essential for our survival.