- Compromising is your friend. Debra Kissen, CEO of cognitive behavioral therapy treatment centers Light on Anxiety, suggests making room for social justice while also taking time for happiness. “Whatever social justice actions you want to take, engage in those behaviors and create the change you want and still find ways to weave in joy within the culture that you do live in.”
- Make a decision and own it. “It’s fine to just say I’m going to skip Fourth of July festivities, whatever that means to me and just treat it like another day, I’m just not feeling patriotic this year,” Kissen says. “Then own that.”
- Recognize there is no perfect solution. “In life, there isn’t going to be a perfect solution. But we pick one that feels good enough for the moment that we’re in, and then just proceeding forward and owning that decision,” Kissen says.
Ah, yes, the Fourth of July. Fireworks, friends and food, right? For many, absolutely. For others, not so much. It’s common for marginalized U.S. citizens to question reveling in Fourth of July festivities, according to Fordham University critical race theory law professor Tanya K. Hernández.