Growing up I was usually the one that noticed the kid that was on the side wishing to be included and bring them into the fold. Not that I was Miss Popular but I felt strongly about making people feel comfortable. Back then I had no idea what that was or why I did it.
I just knew in my heart and head that I wanted to be that person that allayed someone else's anxiety, which is rather ironic since I also felt anxiety myself. But to give made me content.
Ok not a curse really but maybe a bit weird. For example, if I'm watching a show, I take on the stress of whatever the characters are going through and build up so much anxiety that I have to change the channel.
I know, it has absolutely nothing to do with, or about me, but I can't help it. It's hard to watch a person struggle without being able to lend a hand.
The elderly losing the human connection and compassion needed later in life. Career-minded women and men straining under the pressure of balancing work and family, Zoom meetings and Zoom classes for their kids.
High school seniors missing out on the rites of passage like prom, graduation, football games and cheering on their friends. And, tiny house owners who may be feeling like they bit off more (less?) than they could chew, spending way more time living tiny than they planned!
Seamstresses during the Pandemic
Without work they may not be able to survive, feed their families, or assist kids with schoolwork without the internet. When I spoke with Vuyo, our Bosisi Collaborator and Fashion Designer in her own right, she told me that they had begun to sew face coverings and that was helping our seamstresses to continue to work and get income.
What a big relief to hear that, but I knew it was very challenging and even commuting to the facility via local transportation was sketchy during the lockdowns in South Africa. Our Bosisi sales were struggling but I wasn't going to give up on getting the word out about our brand and mission of supporting women.
So I reached out to Vuyo and asked her to gather everyone together (socially distant and masked up, of course) so we could show them how much we appreciated their skilled and prideful work. The sad part was that I couldn't be there to do it in person. How could I see their smiles and hear their voices when they got their extra payment?
BUT it IS something and every little bit helps, right?!
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Until next time, stay strong, be kind and help one another.