Worse Before Better. Sometimes that is how things work. After last week, I am pretty sure we are experiencing that process right now. Eight years of progress seems completely halted by the last two weeks. We have to remember that before those eight years we were stuck in a quagmire of progress as well. So, with after a big deep breath, we must step back and look at the big picture and reflect. Take whatever strength we can from the wisdom of hindsight and use it to fuel the fight ahead.
#AlternativeFacts! That’s what it comes down to. If that’s the case, expect a vary heated, contentious and challenging four years. I encourage anyone not living in an Orange Clown imaginary world. Don’t be shy, question every bigot, coward and regressive zealot you come across. Pick a single issue and focus the conversation on them having to put validate their views against facts and a myriad of perspectives. Be hyper vocal, present and vigilant about everything happening around you locally. These four years will be a marathon and not a sprint. Travel and explore and share your multi-cultural interactions. We’ve seen backwards slides like this in history before, and we know, that the courage of those who see the truth will eventually light the way for all.
To be silent in the face of Evil, is to be a conspirator. Everyone is dealing with this post-election mess in their own way. I still can’t process though people who remain silent in the face of just outright lies and misinformation. Then again, seeing people go crazy and get lined up for Playoff Football, I fully understand. We just don’t value truth, facts and progress above the distractions in our modern lives. If people were equally as passionate about social issues as they are about NFL controversies, we problem wouldn’t have the education, healthcare, transportation and socio-economic problems we have today. Everyone will come up and say something when they see that team logo on your hat, but stay silent when crazy orange men insult civil rights leaders. I have started to remind people during our “Football” conversations what is really important, so they don’t let a game get to their heads.
This week Angela and I celebrated our 10th Anniversary since we started dating. A decade is such a great length of time to gauge the progress in life. In the decade we have been together we have seen, accomplished, grown and overcome so much. Sometimes it feels like a lifetime, others one chapter of a big book. I still find it hard to believe all that we have done in one decade. Countries visited, wedding attended, trips taken, places lived. etc. I hope we can make ourselves proud and do even more in the next decade.
The Corporate Purge: One challenge we took on is to purge every corporate feed, email and page from our social media and email accounts. I believe what’s left is less noise and more clarity. We’ve also cut down on TV and it is leaving more time for preparation in all activities. My focus has improved and my appetite for reading has gone up. I would challenge everyone to do a Big Corporate Cleanse in their own lives as well. I am over being sold and giving my money to the wrong people. I want my money to have local and longer reaching impact.
A big thank you to everyone who donated to my #Movember campaign.I was able to raise over $4oo individually and my company team raised over $5,000 collectively. Charitable giving is very big to me so I am really grateful for those who stepped up and showed their support. I setting a big donation target of 5-10% of our base salaries next year to various causes. Especially the causes that the far right dislikes. In this new political culture, we have to come together to support each other more because I believe a new wave of greed and selfishness is on the way.
A big thank you to everyone who has donated to my Movember page already. Angela, Jessica, Toyin, Eréndira, Nick and others. If you have not already you can still donate to my #Movember efforts and help me change the face of men’s health. http://mobro.co/rbakare
New York is truest embodiment of a cultural melting pot. Life for me is all about experience and diversity. I wish everywhere had a little New York in it. A little soul, a little rush, a little conflict and a little chill. Half of America rejects progress and diversity. I know they will lose, progress demands it and history shows we ultimately want to explore and intermingle.
What a crazy month July was. Spent so many days celebrating anniversaries, hitting fitness goals, watching the Democratic and Republican conventions, 4th of July, watching various movies as part of the summer blockbuster release extravaganza and in the end discovering Stranger Things. I definitely experienced life in full this month. I hope to carry the energy and momentum deep into the second half of this year.
On the cusp of the coming Super Tuesday primaries, I want to take the time to clear the air on who I support and will be voting for in the Georgia Primary and hopefully in the upcoming Presidential election. I am lending my full support and vote to the Junior Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama.