Do You Consider Yourself “Woke”?

There is an obvious link between being “woke” and “sonder”, although that’s not to say that we need to be or experience either to feel compassion for those less fortunate than us.

Grace is the perfect example of someone with a story, that is not necessarily pretty, but needs to be heard.

Interestingly, though, whilst there has been a marked increase in awareness about previously taboo topics like mental illness, we continue to skirt around confronting topics like child abuse — especially when it comes to discussing them with children.

By shielding our children, we risk disempowering them, making them less resilient, less empathetic, and more entitled.

But, Karen, (I wanted to say), what happens if your child finds themselves in that terrible situation and doesn’t recognise the danger for what it is?

I would add, however, that I have also learned the importance of recognising that some people who experience trauma never overcome it, no matter how hard they try, and it doesn’t make them necessarily stronger, either. And we shouldn’t punish them for that.

And like Grace is doing in her work.

Exactly what activists like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, and Malala Yousafzai did. In spite of the loud voices of their critics — who accused them of being hysterical, emotional, attention-seekers, and lefties — they stuck their necks out for their beliefs.

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