A lot of stock-taking goes on when you have a birthday, and it feels like a pretty good time to check my privilege. (It’s been a year and a half since the last time, and doctors recommend having your privilege checked twice a year, so I’m actually overdue.)
(Looks around at charmed life.) Yep, still playing life’s video game in easy mode. And on top of my race/class/gender/sexual orientation/ableist privilege, I have a staggeringly amazing family, the chance to do truly meaningful work… I even get to spend a significant amount of my time these days cartooning professionally, which holy crap, in content-as-fodder 2016 feels like a gift from the gods (thanks, Tom!).
So it seems churlish to ask for more, and yet here I am. This year I hope to do more writing, and I’d love to do more speaking. Last Saturday, I was on a panel at Cooperate Now, a co-op business bootcamp sponsored by Vancity, and I enjoyed the living crap out of it; between that and delivering two workshops on persuasive communications and public speaking, it’s been a great spring for me and the podium, and I’d like to do a lot more in the coming months.
And also I hope you’ll keep following Noise to Signal, sharing it with your peeps when you think it’s hit the mark, and if you’re feeling really wild and crazy, leaving a comment. Thanks so much for reading — it means the world.
Happiest of Birthdays Rob! I think one of the side benefits that comes with checking your privilege regularly is all the gratitude you get to feel about all the good aspects of your life.
Very, very true. :-)