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My name is Jameela Jamil. Welcome To I Weigh Community.

Two years ago we started an Instagram account to try to create a safe and radically inclusive space on social media. A lot of us want to help others and change the world for the better, but don’t know where to start.

Activism can seem daunting. Sometimes it’s just hard and lonely. At I Weigh Community, we don’t believe it has to be that way. We believe in brick-by-brick activism, and making a difference in large numbers. We’re going to have to come together and do this as one to really shift the narrative of our society.

I Weigh Community will introduce you to new voices, artists, activists and movements. These are the people we believe we need to listen to. We are still learning, and we’re inviting you to come and learn alongside us so we can all grow together. It’s never too late to want to help and understand each other better.

This movement is so important to me, and I look forward to getting to know you all.

Jam x

Sometimes, the monster in my head visits for tea.
It folds itself into one of the smallest sofas
in my living room, its darkness looming
so large even the shadows run away.

It holds the teacup awkwardly in its claws,
Tells me not to mind its presence,
But its hard when every time the monster calls,
I turn into a shell of myself, living a pretense.

It follows me around from room to room,
quietly draining all the light in my life.
It trails abysses wherever it goes
destroying happiness at its sight.

It numbs every compliment with an insult
and turns every smile into a frown.
it tries to convince me that life is not worth living
and finds a thousand little ways to bring me down.

And on the days I must light candles
because its presence is beginning to drown me out,
I think of all the people who battle monsters like this
everyday and live through this deepening drought.

We all find ways to survive depression,
Even when the dark is so stifling we cannot breathe,
We turn into warriors in endless battles,
Carry invisible swords in invisible sheathes.

So I rename the monster in my head the ocean,
to understand it better when it visits again
I call the unease of its darkness a storm,
because at least I know that storms come to an end.


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