It's hard for me express myself fully in English. I realized that when I posted on World Mental Health Day and I tried to explain, failingly, about my anxiety. I felt like I couldn't get the feeling and emotions across the way I wanted to. Its more natural for me to express myself in ASL, my true heritage language. Later, when I feel better and able, I plan to make videos in ASL (and provide transcripts for the non signers). I hope that will help me express myself more eloquently.
Today, I called in sick. At first it's because I'm exhausted and overwhelmed mentally and emotionally. (Boy, I have a story to tell you about my Ob-Gyn appointment yesterday without an interpreter I requested for!) But I realized I'm also physically sick. Lately, my body is acting up with multiple issues. I'm slowly identifying specific issues and I'm finally fighting for the referrals and diagnosis that the doctors still haven't figured out. ✨
As a deaf white educated, employed, and insured person, I realize I have privileges that many disabled people don't have. I'm able to fight for the rights I know I have access to. I'm able to take days off to recover that disabled people don't have the luxury to do the same. ✨
In the spiritual community, we preach about the importance of self care. I know I do advocate it because it's incredibly vital for our lives. Please be mindful that some people, especially disabled and people of color, might not have the luxury to even stay home and rest. ✨
Be kind to yourself and others. It's something we are seriously lacking in the world right now. Much love.