Invoking Black Joy: 30 ways to find your smile in a world full of sorrow.
Joy is hard when there is so much sorrow and trepidation surrounding our lives. Though we've been in survival mode since we landed here in this country, the current state of affairs has heightened the nonnegotiable need to take better care of ourselves. Attending to our joy should not, and frankly cannot be an elective action. We all know that we are better & braver when our joy takes priority.
Here are 30 ways to make it through...
Titty Grabs (Either your own, or with proper consent.) --You can't really be mad with a boob in your hand.
Twerk Sumthing. "Cash Money taking over for the 99 & 2000"
Take off your bra and/or draws
Talk to almost any black grandparent. If you don't have one borrow one.
Do some community service
Masturbate because... self love
Watch EWF's "Boogie Wonderland" video
Take a toddler to the park
Create a new album of memes
Plan your dream vacation on Pinterest
Watch the last 3 minutes of the 2016 NBA Finals (unless you're a Golden State Fan.)
Watch Beyoncé do ummm. Anything.
Watch Marshawn Lynch on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and his skittles commercial
Sit by a large body of water. Ponds count.
Make a playlist of songs that make you smile
Do 5 minutes worth of stretching
Write out a to-do list & then scratch off "write a to-do list off your list
Write a thank you note
Create a meditation/prayer corner
Compliment a black woman
Answer mundane questions by clapping/air grabbing "Yes 👏🏾 I 👏🏾 Do 👏🏾Want 👏🏾 Fries 👏🏾 With 👏🏾 That!"
Have a staycation at an AirBnB in your city
Take a long bath or shower
Fries and cheese sauce
Go to the old head bar & line dance or hand dance
Go to the thrift store & shop without having to look at the tags
Go for a walk
Download a new game for your phone
Can you add to this list? We can never have too much joy!
Eris Eady is a freelance writer, and intersectional advocate from Cleveland, Ohio. She is a grad student at Case Western Reserve University.
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