My Ramadan goal this year wasn’t as dramatic as the past few. I didn’t focus hard on improving my Arabic; I didn’t donate all my excess material stuff to Goodwill.
I came into the holy month in awe that I’ve been able to live my life without destroying ‘my life.’ I’ve also been aware, for quite awhile, that there’s still a lot of middle ground between the ‘highlight reel’ (social media), and my private relationships with family and close friends. One of the many things I’ve admired about Kaepernick is he recognized quickly that while people mostly respect ‘quiet and serious’, if you allow the vacuum between your words and your deeds grow too large, you risk your message getting flipped into something completely different (looking at you, league I don’t plan to give any more of my money too for the time being).
I wish I had a better term than this, but I adopted a ‘Plus One’ attitude the past few weeks. Without being phony about it, I made myself more accessible to my neighbors, I hung out with my co workers a little more off the clock, things like that. There’s really no grand scheme here beyond being more consciously proactive that the person I want the world to see my as is in line with how I treat everyone around me. Changing the world is cool, changing the world around me feels right, right now.
I appreciate the calls and texts from everyone who didn’t ‘see’ me the past month. I’m looking forward to what comes next.