by Stephanie Li
A list for when you’re trying to make sense of the world.
1. Understanding that everyone copes in their own way and in their own time.
2. Absorbing information like a sponge, and feeling slightly overwhelmed by it.
3. Reflecting on how I can be a better human being, because the world is getting tired of inaction.
4. Promising myself to never stop learning, growing and questioning.
5. Knowing that it’s okay to step back and rest for awhile.
6. Trying but hopelessly failing to calm the buzzing thoughts in my mind.
7. Listening to voices that need to be heard.
8. Acknowledging my privilege and calling out my unconscious bias.
9. Pushing myself to keep going, because there is still work that needs to be done.
10. Feeling ashamed of how I have characterized people in the past.
11. Asking myself why I didn’t recognize my microaggressions sooner.
12. Taking accountability for my thoughts and actions, no matter how insignificant they may seem.
13. Wondering if this world will change for the better, and fiercely hoping that it does.
14. Believing in the strength of the human spirit and its ability to carry us through dark times.
15. Finding a way to keep fighting, no matter how glorious or messy it may be.
16. Looking squarely into the future with cautious optimism and a steely resolve.
Stephanie Li was born and raised in London, ON, where she is currently quarantining with her family. After obtaining a business degree, she moved to Toronto to pursue a career in communications. From a young age, Stephanie has been passionate about reading and writing, which has translated into her current role as a full-time storyteller (aka public relations consultant) for individuals and organizations.
In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys watching foreign-language TV shows and movies, playing the piano and practicing yoga. Instagram: @stephgkli