How does one reconcile conflicting needs?
I’m in a quandary and can’t make up my mind which route to take.
As regular readers will know I’ve been helping to run my local Transgender Support Group for over 4 years now and said a couple of weeks ago that I’d had enough and would be stepping down. I’ve actually been trying to step away from running the group for over 18 months because I find the mental energy that’s required is more than I feel able to exert.
Every time something comes along that the group could get involved with in order to spread the word about transgender issues or to advocate for the LGBT+ community, especially in my local area, it fires up my internal inspiration and I feel that this is something I need to be doing.
So, on the face of it I have a simple decision to make; step away, which would help to relieve some the stress I feel, or carry on for the greater good at the expense of my own personal wellbeing.
Then again, there is a third option that has been forming in the back of my mind recently.
I obviously feel the need to advocate and work for the transgender community, but that doesn’t mean that I need to be helping to run a support group. I could do this on my own, and with nobody else to answer to; in my own time, in my own way, and at my own pace.
I already do this to a certain extent through this blog, and I recently signed up to YouTube so that I could post videos on there. So, what is to stop me taking the middle ground and doing my advocacy work in the way I want to? There are already some ideas I have about projects I would like to start that would, hopefully, help to break down the barriers that the community faces.
As I said, this has been batting around in my head for a while now and it does seem as if it might be the way to go.
What do you think? Do you have any words of wisdom that might help to tip the scales?
Please let me know if you do.