“You will not shake me. Ever!”

A few months ago, I posted a piece about juggling the self-worth dissonance I face on a daily basis. Consequently, it was also when told the world I was headed back to graduate school to pursue a PhD from the University of Maryland.

Fear guided that inner-debate around self-worth.

And outside of that headed-to-school processing, the worthiness questions appear in other forms and life capacities. The shooting in Orlando, leaving 49 mostly black and brown queer folks dead, reignited a reminder that I cannot and will not be shaken.


A dear friend shared this on my wall, and today I am letting it shine as a bright reminder. You won’t shake me. Period.

brandi b
Thank you for sharing this piece with me, Brandi. Much love. 



One thought on ““You will not shake me. Ever!”

  1. I hate that the world is becoming a more frightening place every day. We have to make changes in gun laws. Yet – when I see the failings that have been the government’s attempt to control drugs I can’t imagine their ability to control assault weapons. But we have to at least try.

    Re: the shooting. I can’t tell if it was a black thing, a brown thing, a gay thing, an identity thing or what! But I absolutely know it was a hate thing. And I am so saddened. All these young lives. Taken before their time. And the desperate times of those who survived!!! How do you ever come back from that!!!?

    God bless you. I am praying for our country. And taking action with my elected officials. Let me know if you have any further ideas.

    Aunt Dianne


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