I selected the phrases for my coloring book to say what I thought might be most important to others within the activist community. But because the coloring book simply has the coloring pages without commentary, I thought I might use this venue to elaborate a bit on why I chose to include what I did.
“Strength is built, not found.”
Anyone who has been at all serious about lifting weights can tell you that, while you can absolutely dig deep and find the strength for that last push to get through a set, actual gains require work. Becoming stronger requires work. Increasing your capacity to lift requires work.
It’s the same with the strength to do difficult things when it comes to activism. Or the strength to keep going when you’re tired. Or the strength to fight the same fight over and over and over when you’re discouraged. That strength isn’t something you simply dig in and find. You have to build it.