Here we are just a few days into October and I bet many of you are already sick of reading all the posts about pink this and pink that. (And by the way, I still love pink). Understandably, many bloggers are sick of it too. Many of us dread the month of pink and much of what comes with it. So far, I don’t, though I imagine this could and very possibly might change in a few more days.
I try to embrace Pinktober, or rather the opportunity (not the shopping, or any of the other malarkey) that it brings. I try to look at the month as an opportunity to be a little louder, a little more opinionated, a little more of whatever I want to be.
I remind myself of when I was teaching and I had to think of umpteen ways to reach kids. There are many kinds of learners and thankfully, many ways to teach stuff, though sometimes it is close to impossible to reach certain kids, or at least it feels that way sometimes.
But you don’t give up. You keep trying to reach even that resistant or hard-to-reach-for-whatever-reason learner. You keep digging in your ‘bag of tricks’ until you find something that works or at least helps a little.
The way I see it, every October is an opportunity to reach a few more people out there who might be willing to listen to more than media hype or cheering pink crowds. It’s hard sometimes to be heard over the pink parade rah-rahing. But I think more and more people are listening to the broader meaning of what true awareness is and is not. At least I hope so.
So this October, too, those of us who are able and those of us who aren’t too weary, will keep ‘digging’.
We will change our words around a little, or a lot. We will speak louder, or sometimes more quietly. We will listen and try to refrain from judging. Above all, we will be persistent and never give up.
How many times do we have to keep repeating ourselves?
How many different ways can we figure out to say some of this stuff?
I say, as many times and as many ways as it takes.
How do you feel about Pinktober?
Are you weary or are you still ‘digging’?