I am comfortable.
I am sheltered.
I am warm.
I am fed.
I am clothed.
I am loved.
I am cherished.
These are all reasons why I #dressember. I know that I have so many privileges in my life that others cannot even perceive. I am going to try, over the next month, to use the privilege to bring a voice to the voiceless.
Two years ago I decided to go on a journey. That journey has brought me here. I am a better consumer by being a less consumer. I am more aware of people around me by actually seeing people in need.
But the more I think about that the more I realize that it is not about what I have become but more about what I am unbecoming and how I am changing the focus from me to others. I am trying to take the I out of my life. That is super hard, trust me and I am not good at it, AT ALL!
So stepping back and thinking (without using “I statements”) about how this venture of dresswearing will change the world one may become more self centered OR not depending on how they view the cause. Choosing to view the cause as opposed to yourself can turn dresswearing into #unselfies and #advocation.
It is a work in progress so we shall see what happens as the month progresses. Keep watching and reading to see where it lands.
In the mean time check out https://support.dressemberfoundation.org/isaiah-61-1-3 and give what you can or pass on the link to a friend if they are able to donate.
I think that I am the one making a difference by wearing a dress. But really, the difference is being made in spite of me.
Bringing attention to myself by posting about myself, words or pictures, isn’t as helpful as I would like it to be.
I am not important. It is not me that makes this work or go away.
Sure, I am a vessel for the cause. But it all works in spite of me. In spite of my self-consciousness, my forgetfulness, my desire for attention, my fear, my inattention, and all my other faults!
Here’s what I mean: I am important. My voice in the fight may be the only voice some hear. AND despite all my faults a difference is being made.
Someone once told me that it must take courage to do this challenge. To wear dresses every day and have my own style. Another person said I was a trend setter due to my eclectic pattern mixing. I heard someone ask, “What is she wearing?”
What’s interesting is that it takes more courage to move that conversation away from my fashion choices and to the real issue of slavery. There is a special kind of courage to move the conversation away from ME & to the issue at hand.
I am working on having that courage. Your choice to read this blog is helping me find my voice and courage. I appreciate that you have chosen to read my blog.
IF you are able donate to the cause of freeing people form the bonds of slavery. Not only will you help free them, you will help to rehabilitate them by your gift.