“Giving up your privilege for the rights of others is a counter-cultural mindset. It will not be found until is deliberately sought.” -Joshua Becker, How to Raise Justice-Minded Kids
“If you’re not making a difference you’re just being average.” -Taheer Jardine, Instagram
Last night we watched The True Cost, a documentary about the effects of fast fashion on garment workers, cotton farmers, and the environment.
What an eye opening documentary this was for us. Unable to sleep, we lied in bed talking about all the social and environmental issues we face today and the magnitude of change that needs to happen all around the world in order for any of these issues to improve.
The optimist in me thinks that if we ourselves can change and inspire one other person to change, we have done our part. The pessimist in my husband thinks there’s too many people who need to change in order to make a difference, and far too few willing to, so our menial efforts will be of no use.
Feeling overwhelmed and defeated at the mere thought of it, we agreed that the best we could do was commit ourselves to raising a conscientious, compassionate, child of social justice.
So this is our personal commitment to you, baby girl. We promise to raise you to treat all living things equally with respect, love, and compassion. We will teach you to take from the earth and others around you only what you can give back.
We will encourage you to make a positive impact on people’s lives however you can, and inspire others to do the same.
We will inspire you to always seek the truth, go against the grain, think outside of the box, and chase your wildest dreams.
We promise to teach you to never let anyone tell you you can’t make a difference, and to never give up. To value people instead of possessions. To spend time instead of money.
You can be anything you want to be and you can’t take it with you when you go.
So do everything and hoard nothing.
Mama & Papa
LEARN MORE | DO MORE:
Here are a list of some of the causes we’re passionate about. Want to help but not sure where to start? Find something you’re passionate about, sign a petition, make a change in your daily life, teach your kids about it, and spread the word to your friends and family!
Whatever you do, do it with love. People are watching.