I'm so behind! Amazing what missing a few days does to your steam. No matter; I'll catch up.
In that spirit, I'm going to keep it simple today. Sometimes, I feel a little guilty about easy things. It seems like if I'm going to make a difference, I have to do something huge every time. Every action, every post, every thought has to be a grand
gesture to be effective.
The fact is that the easy things are some of the most valuable ones. Trying to start something huge can be difficult, but if you take it one step at a time, before you know it, you'll be part of something much bigger than you thought you might.
For me, blogging has become an important part of activism because I needed a way to make it a part of my life every day. I can't always get the time off of work to leaflet, and sometimes after reading a hundred pages for class, I can't jump into the important animal right literature, but I've begun a pattern of thinking about activism every day.
Another step to making activism an every day activity is to have the right resources available. One of your best resources in your attempts to be a more active activist is support. Knowing people who are interested, who have good ideas and experience, and who can commiserate or celebrate with you is tremendously helpful. Meeting these people is incredibly easy too, thanks to Meetup.
I started using Meetup awhile back to keep an eye on what was going on in the local dance art scene, but I dismissed it as a passing fad. Who would want to meet up with a bunch of strangers from the internet?
Apparently, everyone. I have been to so many fun and successful Meetups organized around a variety of interests and have been lucky to meet some great people. So whether you're looking to find some vegan friends or to join a group of activists, consider this resource. Go to an event, make some friends, and see what new activism opportunities open up to you.