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Humbling or Healing?

Subtitle: What We Can Learn from Sha'Carri Richardson pt. 2

Empathy doesn't go out the window, because the circumstances change. There's still so many controversial perceptions regarding Sha'Carri Richardson, maybe even more now than over a month ago, but contrary to toxic belief,

Grief is heavy and it doesn't have a deadline.

Healing is work and it doesn't have a finish line.

After the track event that Sha'Carri competed in this past weekend, after the previous blog was released, Sha'Carri competed on a national platform for the first time since the Olympic Trials. The results that she received were all over the place again, but ranged from more empathy to more shaming.

Yet, when you choose to operate from a healing perspective, empathy doesn't go out the window. Her hurt doesn't change because she chose to get back on the track.

Healing cannot be confined to a 30-day suspension.

A win is based on how you define it before you started. What if her actual win was getting back on the track? It may sound simple to anybody else, but when dealing with grief and trauma, that's huge. What if it was running the 100m within a certain timeframe? What if it was completing a post-interview?

Some question if humility will become a part of her identity because of the results of the competition, but humility in this context is synonymous with her shrinking and muting her voice in the face of adversity.

Healing is progressive and maybe her progress was revealed in the fact that she showed up.

Her race may not be yours specifically, but if you had an opinion, you're connected to it.

So again, I ask what part of you does Sha'Carri Richardson represent?

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