Pride. Prince's Birthday. Summer Solstice. One year anniversary of the Pulse Orlando Massacre.
I do not apologize for the space I take up in the universe, nor for the energy I consume and create. To be able to live my life in this fashion is a vast privilege. I am acutely aware of the sacrifices of those before me, those at the intersections of resistance. This month I get to celebrate my community out loud. I am grateful for the privilege of living in my own skin, for this privilege of celebration.
What does it look like for you to live out loud? What do you want to celebrate? What are you eternally grateful for? In a society that consistently applies pressure on us to conform it is hard to be authentic to our intricacies, to our personal experiences. By celebrating those intricacies, by sharing our personal experiences we resist societal assumptions. This sounds like big work, and it can be, but it is also very intimate work. Where are you seen? Who witnesses your awesome? Who is your biggest champion? Do you need more recognition?
This month gives us opportunity to celebrate our selves out loud. The solstice on the 20th is the longest day of sunlight in the northern hemisphere. It is a time to dance in the glory of our friends, to sing Prince songs at the top of our lungs. It is a time to be seen, to live out loud.