What do Fannie Lou Hamer and I have in common? We both know what it’s like to be, sick and tired of being sick and tired. In fact, she said it first, made it famous and it’sengraved on her tombstone.
I’ll start with why I said this (not knowing it was already a famous line). Last week, I was in bed for two days, unable to eat or stop sleeping. Within 48 hours, I was fine but I’ve had 4 colds & viruses since early November. And that comes after 6 months of being on the ‘disabled list’ from a massive renal cyst that left me seasick with nausea and a broken metatarsal that kept me off my feet. And that comes after… It’s a long list.
When I found myself whining to the only beings who would listen, Charlotte the dog and Bodhi the cat, and they told me to quit it, I wondered, “Fine. But how?”
Then I happened to see this quote in an article. Who was this person who voiced my thoughts?
Growing up in the U.S. in the 1960’s, I heard of Fannie Lou Hamer . She was a Black woman who lived in the South in mid 20th century America. A civil rights activist, she was arrested on false charges and beaten to near death, leaving her with psychological and physical suffering the rest of her life. But she didn’t let the suffering stop her. In fact, her own pain seemed to inspire her to push for change and she used her story to move others. For a sense of this woman’s soul, listen to her music, The Songs My Mother Taught me.
I spent a few hours soaking up her quotes, reading what she said and listening to her music. It got me out of my pity party. I’m still tired of being sick and tired but I don’t feel as SICK about it.
What stops you from hanging out at the ‘whine’ bar?