Tik tok, tik tok, tik tok. 

Sometimes that's all I can hear, seconds passing by. Minutes and hours being wasted as I sit there with no ideas. No creativity, nothing. It feels like I'm running out of time. It feels like time is going faster. But it isn't.


Tik tok, tik tok, tik tok. 

It's not going faster. It never speeds up, I'm not working against the clock, I'm working at my own time. There's no fixed way to be creative, so stop telling yourself you're not doing enough. Stop telling yourself that you're not enough just because you can't think of something creative right now. Take a break. It's just creative block.


It started with George Floyd. Wrong, it started with Trayvon Martin. Wrong again, was it Martin Luther King then? Or Malcolm X? Or Emmett Till? Wrong, wrong, wrong. 


It started with centuries of slavery. It started with the disregard for Black lives. It started when the systems that are supposed to protect everyone, killed Black lives. 


So yes, Black Lives Matter. Fighting for Black lives is not a fight that Black people should have to do alone. It's everyones fight because we've all benefited from the very system that kills them. I joined my own community in the Black Lives Matter protest and captured their love, pain, and resilience through my lens.


© 2020 by Thamilini Balakumar

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