Generations of trauma, systemic racism, and cultural barriers make resilience look very different from what we have meant in our society. This is not to say that we should discard resilience. In fact, I would say we should pay more attention to it. While resilience can be developed, we should consider how some have no choice but to be resilient. For a Black Man such as myself, being resilient is an act of resistance and survival.
As a Black Boy growing up during the crack era in Baltimore city, I certainly have had my share of need for resiliency. Whether it was due to dropping out of high school at the advice of my so-called counselor or being relentlessly bullied for my excessive stuttering, I learned quickly that you must keep going, no matter what.
I also realized that there are some situations in which this bounce-back looks different depending on family structure, economic conditions, zip code, and educational level.
So pull yourself up by your bootstraps, particularly for Black, Brown, and Indigenous folks can and has looked different.
One of the most important aspects of resilience, in my opinion, is upset prevention. You heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” well, let’s begin to prepare for the next upset
It could be manufactured, a natural disaster, or even a traumatic experience.
No matter, let’s stock up on some water, can goods, rice, brans, tissue paper, batteries, flashlights, cleaning agents, large trash bags, kitty litter, a first aid kit, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide.
Store a copy of your personal papers ( life insurance, mortgage papers, birth certificates, social security cards, vehicle registration, medical cards) and some books to help calm the mind and pass the time; these are the physical items we need.
One of the most important items you and I will need is a strong mind and body, so let’s start walking at least 3 to 4 times a week, drinking more water, eat more fruits and vegetables, meditation and prayer.
Everything we are allowed to acquire in this life is on loan; the spouse we have, the parents we have, the children we have. We are all here for a short moment in time so let’s make the best out of what we currently have and strive to get better results tomorrow.
Till next time, start with just $10 a week purchases on emergency supplies and that daily walk.
Bro. Dave, COO