Welcome to Word Vomit Wednesday! A series of blog posts about a specific topic from current events that I, and sometimes the rest of the Internet, ruminate obsessively about. All thoughts/opinions/experiences are my own; I don’t claim anything that I write to represent anyone other than myself.
I wasn’t really sure about what to write about for this week’s WVW. There is no shortage of things to write about, as we all can probably exhaustedly attest to. As I was thinking about my piece from last week, I recognize that I really need to acknowledge the privileges that I have more often. I don’t always want to talk about things that are immediately happening in the news because I often get to a point where I get so overwhelmed I just shut down. I don’t feel like I’m able to think through the issues clearly because I’m either feeling nothing or too many things. So, for some moments I opt out. That is a privilege. Even though a lot of these things do have a huge and sometimes immediate effect on me. The fact that I can opt out and have the space to build myself back up to fight is a huge privilege. It’s a privilege that everyone deserves to have.
So, while there are a bazillion and half important issues that need to be touched on and discussed and because of certain privileges that I have I cannot be an authority voice on many topics. And in a lot of cases I shouldn’t be. Because of my experiences with white privilege, thin privilege, etc., I realize that I cannot provide the most nuanced and authentic pieces on a huge range of topics. What I can do is elevate people’s voices that do have first-hand experience in areas that I don’t. SO. This is what I’m thinking. Once a month, WVW will be an interview with another badass human about issues that are really close to their hearts. AND since I do the audio engineering, and with permission from the interviewees, I could also create a WVW Podcast where all you lovely people can listen to the interview in its entirety.
Those are my thoughts! I am open to hearing suggestions on topics you all think are lacking right now or ones that need to be repeated or if you know or are a badass human that wants to sit down and Word Vomit with me, shoot me a message!
Katie Louchheim loves to be with people but also has very intense anxiety about people, which makes things very confusing for her brain sometimes. Fun!