FEAR IS ONE OF THE MAIN CULPRITS IN PREVENTING UNITY, EQUALITY AND UNDERSTANDING. Based on your responses, feedback and confessions — everyone is afraid. Due to this fear, we avoid speaking up because we’ll cripple our reputation or lose our job; fearful of what your family and friends may think; afraid to lose your spot at the “round table;” and sadly, afraid of the truth. When I say afraid of the truth, I’m mainly referring to those who claim they’re unaware these issues exist and are therefore denying certain privileges.
I get that being vulnerable is scary – but lives are on the line. Job opportunities are being denied based on the name of the applicant. Second chances aren’t provided because you don’t have the luxury of making mistakes in the first place. Expectations are set low based on your race, so chances of evolving within a community, job space and in life are severely limited. And then if you exceed such expectations, “you’re one of the good ones.” Ooooouuuuu that one deserves a separate post .
Anyways, as I’m writing this, I know many of you are confusing this with complaining about working hard and overcoming obstacles. That narrative couldn’t be further from the truth – I just think it’s crucial to our growth that we stop denying the systemic boundaries that continue to harness some of the misconceptions that led us to this conversation. Which brings me back to fear.... how many of you felt a sense of relief by our recent conversations? Not because you didn’t know this was an issue, but because you’re taking the time to listen to the perspective of someone you respect and who you trust doesn’t have ill-intent. This allowed you to feel comfortable enough to voice what you’ve been thinking. Although that’s good, its also problematic because it shows that unless someone is considered to be of value, their voices are rarely heard.
Now.... I kind of went on a rant, but I want to continue to shed light on how important it is to break these patterns of fear, and on how they plays their part in this industry we all love. If we implement the practice of facing these fears and educating each other within the fitness community, -continues in comment