What can you do when activism strains your personal life?

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What can you do when activism strains your personal life?




Dear Ms. Communicate,
As I know you say, the personal is political. But lately, it seems that the political is messing up the personal - at least in my case.

My significant other is a very progressive person, but she is growing less and less patient with my being out so often at political meetings and demonstrations. I don't want to give up any of my political activism, but I also don't want to screw up my relationship beyond repair.

I know that one can't live on politics alone, and I don't want live alone because of politics!

What can I do to avoid sleeping alone while still being a dedicated social justice activist?


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This reminds me a bit of the letter from a woman who wrote to auntie.com way back in the day, complaining about how her boyfriend is too busy saving the world to do his share of the housework.

Part of creating a better world, in my opinion, is making sure you create a loving environment for the people closest to you. You don't have to give up all your outside activities, but you do have to make sure that you're not wasting your time doing stuff you don't have to.

And what Ms C said about meetings? GOD YES.

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I like the idea of activism starting with the personal, then the family, then the community, and then the inter-community.

Helping to raise kids is very effective activism!

And as activism should never look like work (putting in hours for some higher-up) or you're replicating and not reconstructing. My 2 cents.