Fighting – or rather arguing – about why equality is important, and how best to achieve it can be exhausting, and sometimes we all need a break.
Fighting for equality in this world is bloody hard work. It involves a lot of arguing with ignorant people that have their priorities completely skewed. It can be completely and utterly draining to constantly feel like no one cares enough. And above all, the eye-rolling and sneers from privileged Tory supporters that have no clue what it’s like to live a difficult life can make you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle.
We all have days where we get tired of repeating ourselves. Whether it’s about why austerity is NOT the only option, and DOES cause more harm than help. Or perhaps it’s about why we have no more right than any person from any other country to live on this particular part of the planet – after all, it’s literally left up to chance as to where in the world you’re born, and that will dictate the rest of your life. Or perhaps it’s hearing the statement that literally makes you die inside; “the fuckers are stealing all of our jobs!”
The world is a shit place. Just because Donald Trump has done everything he promised he would, does not make him a good man, a rightful president, or a trustworthy guy. Sure, Boris Johnson has funny hair and rides bikes, but that does not make him “relatable”, nor can that constitute as genuine qualities a Prime Minister should have. It’s men like Trump, Johnson, Gove, Farage, Blair (the list goes on) that have turned this planet into a war zone.
But arguing about this repeatedly can get exhausting. Certainly at this time of the year, when we’re forced to see family we don’t see often, and are perhaps standing on opposite sides when it comes to politics and human rights. But here’s the thing, it doesn’t make you a bad person to sometimes decide to just keep your mouth shut and leave the room. When that feeling of numbness takes over your soul, it’s important to look after yourself. You don’t need to be a warrior 24/7, and you’re certainly no good to anyone if you’ve exhausted yourself.
“You don’t need to be a warrior 24/7, and you’re certainly no good to anyone if you’ve exhausted yourself”
It’s perfectly acceptable to walk away from an argument. It’s absolutely fine to stuff your face with a mince pie instead of arguing with Uncle Nobhead about why the Muslim family down the road is NOT the cause of this country being a mess. It’s 100% understandable if sometimes you just don’t have the energy, and need to play that addictive game on your phone instead of discuss how the Tories have ruined so many lives.
It’s crucial to look after our mental health, and if that means stepping away from arguments then that’s what we have to do. You shouldn’t feel guilt, nor should you feel disappointment in yourself. Give yourself a break, understand that you can’t fight every second of the day, and save yourself from that heated debate with your cousin who will never see things through your eyes.