Overwhelmed by resistance options? Me, too.
Pick one thing you’re good at. That’s your stick. Sharpen the stick.
“But Dennis,” I say. “STFU with your cutesy ideas. This is serious shit we’re in.”
I know. And I’ve been feeling scattered and weak, as if whatever I do — protest, donate, self-educate, parent better, write — isn’t enough. Whenever I focus on one approach, I worry I’m neglecting all the others.
I increasingly turn to a good cliché: How you do anything is how you do everything. This means we don’t have to do everything. It just means everything we do — from interacting with coworkers, to filling our free time, to posting on Facebook — can be extensions of a personal code.
Writing is my stick. Sharpening that stick doesn’t mean I’ll constantly write political pieces. I’m going to write the best novel I can about ghosts, love, and dying, because I believe in a world that cares about ghosts, love, and dying. I’ll write all kinds of stuff here on the blog. Writing is my job, and I’m going to do my job as if it matters more than ever — as if it is, by nature, creative resistance.
I’ll also donate to charities I believe in, read tons of articles, maybe volunteer somewhere, etc. But when I get overwhelmed, I’ll play to my strengths.
Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t attend every protest or donate money to every cause. Just figure out what you’re uniquely poised to do, and do that thing like gangbusters.