on a quest and making meaning of the late Bruce Lee’s wisdom of being like water.
in a world where conformity is encouraged and celebrated, especially when one imitates and mimics the same behavor of a group, we ought to seek adapatability which encourages and supports ones ability to change or be changed. conformity is stifling and also limiting.
with the onslaugth of the settler colonial project over the last 500 years, colonization has worked deliberately to annihilate and erase any semblance of Indigenous cultural knowledge systems and ways of knowing. therefore, finding meaning in being like water allows me to work towards a more fluid and compassionate approach to life when dealing with individuals who exhibit offensive behaviors. being like water teaches me to let them be and to detach myself from that.
it is a lot easier said than done.
being able to maneuver through toxic behaviors, lateral violence, internalized racism, systemic oppression, and erasure, not to mention the invisibility in mainstream society, it is a challenge.
being like water is a fine delicate balance that results in a type of strength that can be misconstrued as weak. however, it is actually a powerful state of being and exemplifies a kind of strength that is found in stillness and reserve.
continually working through unresolved historical grief, trauma, deeply seeded childhood issues related to parenting, love, and how i view the world as an Indigenous woman.
i am ever evovling, theme music is Billy Joel’s 52nd Street album.