“When You Should Not Adapt In Place” by Sharon Astyk
Please take the time to read and carefully consider the points Sharon Astyk raises in this post. For many African-American women and their children, where they are living and what they’re doing is not viable in any long-term sense.
This applies on many different levels. For example, I know that with each year that passes, I’m becoming less tolerant of subzero Midwestern winters (even though I’m originally from Chicago). I also know that heating and other subzero weather-related costs will continue to rise. I won’t want to spend that kind of money on staying warm when I’m a senior citizen. So, I know I need to make some adjustments to my lifestyle—such as moving to an area that’s more livable year-round—while: (1) I’m still young enough to do so fairly easily; (2) before anything happens that forces me to make those kind of major adjustments; and (3) before anything happens that makes these desired adjustments impossible. The point is to get as optimally situated as possible for the long run.
ASK YOURSELF: ARE WHERE AND HOW YOU’RE LIVING RIGHT NOW VIABLE FOR THE LONG RUN?
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