One of the things about living in a time and space where one of the most powerful men on the planet endeavors to hold as many people possible hostage to his cruel and capricious whims, whose erratic temperament but predictable malice create an abusive cycle that always ends with greater terror, is that it can make you feel small, weak, vulnerable.

It can make you feel like you might not be enough.

There are so many things to resist, and so few ways to resist meaningfully.

Remember that harm reduction is something valuable you can do, creating safe space for others — and that is no small thing in a time of relentless harm.

Remember that validation is something valuable we can provide to each other, supporting one another in remembering what has happened and refusing to minimize, obfuscate, or deny what is happening now — and that, too, is no small thing in a moment of ubiquitous gaslighting.

And when anything else is too much, remember that surviving itself is an act of resistance in an environment of institutional abuse, demoralization, and division.

I see you. You are enough. And you are not alone.

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