[This is part of a series on opportunities for ace activism. See the masterpost here.]
I’m kinda burnt out and stressed about the election and everything else and don’t feel like writing this one.
There, that thought you just had. That one about “Yeah, I hear you” or “That sucks” or “Here’s 11 Weird Steps To Reduce Stress (You won’t believe #4!)” or whatever. That’s exactly what this needs.
Ace activists have a high churn rate. There’s burnout, there’s a constant deluge of hate and nonsense, there’s a sense that no one cares, there’s random people on Twitter who attack you for things they’ve flat out made up, there’s the never ending uphill climb, there’s the weight of the entire world on your shoulders because you’re the only one doing it all, there’s that other activist who you’re afraid to speak up about but you need to speak up about, there’s the going in circles forever and never getting anywhere… And on and on and on.
That needs to be fixed.
There needs to be some support network to break the cycle of burnout.
There needs to be someplace behind the scenes for activists to talk about what’s bothering them instead of it having to be aired publicly in a Twitter war.
There needs to be encouragement that what you’re doing matters.
There needs to be a shield from the hate.
It needs to be more than just affirmational little infographics and the other stuff that people call “support”. It needs to be something real.