The 2016 International Babywearing Conference is less than a week away. As I prepare for travel, finalize schedules, and plan meet ups with my internet friends, I am reminded of how amazing the community of friends I’ve built through Babywearing is. Babywearing, and its subsequent Facebook groups, has brought the most amazing people into my life. Whether they live locally or exists only in my screen, I know without a doubt I have people to support and assure me.
Chatter groups put a lot of focus on equality for all through social justice awareness, unlearning normal but harmful language, and making a welcoming space for minorities. It’s not a smooth road and there is plenty of backlash. But my friends have shown me that change is possible. Through many long and deep conversations, I’ve watched friends open their eyes to the hardships of many and stand up as allies. Most starkingly wonderful is how many #blacklivesmatter posts have flooded my newsfeed. This affirms for me that I have found my place and it is filled with the most deserving people.
Thank you my friends. I can’t wait to see those of you who live in the computer for real next week.