A Quiet Rebellion

By Christina HamdanMarch 15, 2021

There tends to be an overwhelming loudness that comes with uncertainty. A powerful pull towards fear and worry. We live in a world where it is common to look forward in wonder while feeling an uncertain tightness build in our hearts. We also live in a world where we are not alone in these moments or feelings. Turning inward with love, patience, and hope is a quiet rebellion.

Every time we look into the storm and hope for a rainbow is a quiet rebellion. Moments of solidarity, moments of laughter, moments of togetherness, each their own quiet rebellion. There is power in looking towards the unknown with a heavy heart and choosing to focus on the possibility of joy. Each time we choose hope over fear we are making a choice that allows life to be lived. For more moments, for more laughter, for more wonder.

These past few months have been a challenge to this process. My mind, body, and soul have been put to the test. Much has come and gone but the focus has always been on what remains. I’m learning to treat uncertainty as its own form of hope. As a reminder that there is more to life, more to love, and more to who I am. When each of us believes in what the future has to offer, we rise to the uncertainty in a quiet rebellion.

I sit here on a day where the sunrise led to a gray haze of a sky. On days where sunshine is hard to come by, I often look for the beauty that remains. The flowers that bloom despite the darkness. The birds that fly because their freedom persists. The water that flows through or past every obstacle. Reminders that the little things can help keep hope alive. The hope for a sunrise that leads to blue skies and a sunset so colorful you wonder if anything could be more beautiful.

The sun is an example to follow. A glimmer of hope that each day brings a new opportunity to find our inner light and shine. The possibility to become new and surprise ourselves with hope in the midst of uncertainty.

I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that it is worth fighting for. Each morning we make the choice to fight for our stories and remind those around us to fight for theirs.

We were not meant to face uncertain times alone. We were not meant to do any of this alone. My hope is that together, we learn to view uncertainty as a reminder that everything is possible. When we trust in the unknowns, we create a freedom to grow, change, and live.

There is so much more to come and our fears do not define us. You have so many more chapters in your irreplaceable story. Now is a great time to take a deep breath, look up, slow down, and embrace the uncertainty. Keep fighting for the endless possibilities of joy and the power that comes with a quiet rebellion.

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Comments (7)

  1. Becca

    This was such an inspirational piece and I love the meaning of her “quiet rebellion”. Really resonates with what I’m going through. Thank you

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  2. Paul

    Man I needed this today. The last few months have been a living hell for me. But with hope and caring people in my life I am moving forward. Thank you for your insight and letting us all know we can do this. Peace

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  3. mustafa

    thanks for sharing
    your words were insightful

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  4. Sara

    I love this! “Quiet Rebellion” is such a beautiful phrase! I am blessed to have read this!

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  5. Vanessa

    I’m looking for a Canadian clinic to help with my disorder that has help me captive for 15 years and I am having no luck. This is inspiring.

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  6. Matt

    If you ever put out a “quiet rebellion” TWLOHA sweatshirt…I’d buy one.

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  7. Lisa Mac

    This is how to keep showing up for yourself!

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