I’m tired of being aware. I’m really not trying to sound insensitive, but I’m a little worn out.
A month or so ago, Instagram was filled with photos from Disney movies—to spread awareness of childhood cancer. I ranted a bit about it to my daughter. I already know there’s childhood cancer, and Disney photos do nothing to actually help those children suffering from it! (She thought I was being ridiculous.)
This week, hearts showed up all over Facebook to spread awareness about breast cancer prevention. I have friends and family members who have or had breast cancer, so I’m plenty aware. When people have to Google “what do the hearts mean on Facebook,” maybe you’re not actually achieving your goal.
That’s why I think I’m frustrated. Every awareness day, week, or month leaves me sad, yet the cutesy posts don’t suggest how I could make a difference (because knowing about an issue is not nearly the same as working on behalf of an issue). So here are two steps to handle awareness overload and how to stay focused.
What causes are you aware of, and how do you act on their behalf? Let me know in the comments.
Want to encourage your children to make a difference? Check out this blog post.
Linda Buxa found out that this is National No Name Calling Week, so if you disagree with this post, please do so respectfully. Also, if you really want to be aware of breast cancer, this poster seems more helpful.