Have you ever stumbled upon a passion that you were never aware of? Surprised by your own drive to advocate for something you knew nothing about before that moment?
About six months ago, I met someone who unknowingly made me aware of an issue that now affects me daily.
As soon as I realized how big the issue was, I felt inadequate to address it.
An assignment to create an advocacy plan intimidated me even more.
Advocacy is a way to be a voice, to make people aware of a change that needs to happen.
My journey to find that voice began.
The more I learned about the crumbling rubble that this person has to traverse daily, just to survive, my heart broke.
Instead of becoming discouraged, I allowed the sadness to fuel my passion to help.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that the root of the biggest challenge was based on a misunderstanding.
Instead of providing this person with the tools she needed to overcome, the system offers her a vertical slip-n-slide.
She falls further and further behind the people around her who have everything they need.
She watches them excel while she is left to fail.
Her foundation became the hole that was dug for a basement, instead of solid ground.
The voice I found was trembling, yet strong.
It has the potential to change the foundation for her and many other people in her situation.
The advocacy plan started with providing clarity to the owners of the broken system.
I’m hopeful that the clarity will be the spark that sets her world on fire.
I’ll never give up on this journey that can turn her crumbled rubble into a smooth, beautiful path full of everything she needs to succeed.