Once upon a time, there was a grown ass adult woman who lived in a city near a river. Whenever she ventured out, the grown adult woman wore a mad stylish red cape/blazer, so everyone in the city called her Little Red Blazer Cape.
One morning, Little Red Blazer Cape was so fed up with the world and its inadequacies, she decided to do something about it. Rather than float along on life’s current, she was resolved to plant roots, stand firm, and disrupt the usual status quo flow. She had always kept her own council so as not to upset the apple cart, but it seemed clear now more than ever that it was time to smash a few of those apples and make some sweet, sweet applesauce. She informed her mother of her plans.
“That’s wonderful!” her mother replied, “But remember, while there is a lot of good in this world, there are also a lot of douchebags. Stay off the message boards and don’t let the trolls drag you down to their level. I know, I know, it’s terrible. But, as frustrating as it may be it pays to remember that the only behavior you can control is your own. Be kind to others and always try and see things from someone else’s point of view.”
“Mom,” laughed Little Red Blazer Cape with a sassy head tilt, “I’ve got this.”
But when Little Red Blazer Cape scrolled through her Facebook feed later that day, she promptly forgot her mother’s wise words. She thumbed past post after post, saw so many people repost the same fake news article that she had to go searching for the truth, and when she found it, she felt herself overcome with flabbergasted disbelief. Little Red Blazer Cape was so enraged and dumbfounded by what she read, she failed to recognize the deep, dark shadow of the why even bother? wolf as it crept up behind her.
“Hey girl heeeeey,” the wolf said, inserting himself where he clearly wasn’t wanted.
“UGH. What are you doing here?” Little Red Blazer Cape groaned, annoyed that she’d let her guard down without realizing it.
“Oh, you know, just checking in to see how you’re doing,” the wolf replied. Little Red Blazer Cape scowled at him, but the wolf (who had always been incredibly incapable of reading a room) soldiered on, “Whatcha reading over there?”
“Can you believe we’re still dealing with this kind of nonsense in this day and age?!” Little Red Blazer Cape exclaimed, gesturing to the article she had just finished, “This kind of garbage has to stop. I’m going to call my congress people!”
“I mean, you can do that, I guess” the wolf scoffed, “but you know that nothing is going to change, right? It’s a waste of time! One person can’t make a difference, babe.”
Little Red Blazer Cape rolled her eyes at his laissez faire attitude and continued, “And while we’re on the subject of utter nonsense, how can we STILL treat women as lesser people?! Why is it so hard to just agree that everyone should be paid equally for doing the same job and that everyone should be allowed to make their own health decisions? I swear, it’s like some men are afraid of wha-”
” – Not all men,” the wolf interjected before she could even finish her thought.
“Yeah, I know, that’s why I said ‘some men?'” Little Red Blazer Cape responded slowly, “if you would have let me finish my thoug-”
“You can’t run around making general assumptions about people, babe,” the wolf mansplained (or I guess more appropriately wolfsplained?).
“Um, I wasn’t?” Little Red Blazer Cape replied, confused and a little taken aback, “You know, what? Whatever. Squabbling over small stuff just isn’t worth it. From women’s rights to equality for all to the racial schism that’s been dividing us since we arrived on these shores 240 years ago, there are so many troubles facing this country that we need to come together as a people and solve. I mean, the fact there has to be a Black Lives Natter movement for people to sit up and take notice of the issues right under their nose alone is so troubling. We have to do better.”
“All lives matter, babe,” the wolf countered condescendingly.
“Wow, you are really missing the point here, aren’t you?” Little Red Blazer Cape sighed, “Please, allow me to break it down for you: the world and the problems facing it are bigger than your backyard, your town, or even your state. I can’t tell you how to think or act, but I would highly encourage you to educate yourself. Close your mouth, open your ears, and try to see things from a different perspective. Just because you haven’t experienced something, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening and unlike a dog you feed scraps under the table, ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away – it usually just makes it worse. So get involved and help make the world a better place for everyone and not just some people! Also, just a little tip from me to you that will help you make friends and influence people? My name isn’t babe, so don’t call me that.”
And with that, the wolf skulked off and Little Red Blazer Cape returned to planning out what she could do to help make a positive impact both in her community and the country as a whole. After all, if a girl is this good at saving herself from a confidence-stealing wolf, shouldn’t she share those skills with the world?
blazer cape: Paperdolls boutique
jeans: American Eagle
t-shirt: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Charming Charlie
Booties: Target (similar)