•Sprog 2018 in Hartland, WI•
When I reminisce on my life experiences this far, Sprog takes the lead in being the most enriching and impactful. This was a week long, grassroots training camp where we spent about 12 hours a day unpacking social and environmental justice issues. I got the opportunity to connect with 29 young leaders from all reaches of the United States who aspire to dismantle the oppressive systems this country was built around. Never had I been in a space which was held so strongly with room for all of us to grow our minds into more conscious ways of viewing the world. I went in having no idea of the transformation that was about to take place. I was shown walls of privilege that I didn’t even realize I had, introduced to topics relating to the gender binary that I wasn’t aware of, called into awareness of environmental racism that I didn’t fully understand, and shown light on the self-education I needed to pursue if I ever want to support causes of justice. I was nurtured by the sweetest, most authentic souls I could have wished to share a week of youth-led, humanistic, environmentalism training with. I experienced the whole array of emotions- infatuation, resilience, empowerment, guilt, sadness, anger, confusion, jealousy, admiration, self-control, urgency, hope, determination, love.. I fell deeply in love with each person there and hold ample respect and appreciation for them and the fact the the universe weaved the most amazing people together for that special container we held. I grew internally and came to realize that I must be of service to others in order to fulfill my life’s true purpose. I made a promise to myself afterwards that I would do my best to become stronger, more aware, disciplined, and grateful with each step I took on my journey. I still experience the cycles- highs where I’m productive and impactful, and lows where I’m questioning if it’s worth it. But when I think of this.. and I hear of other activists fighting for what is right, I know that this work is what I am meant to do. I know that my small actions DO make a difference. So here’s to a future of , , and .