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(N.A.H.) Reaches 500 Posts

Thanks for supporting Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian!

This note marks my 500th post on this blog. When I started writing here I didn’t know how long I would keep it up, I just knew that I had things to say, and realized that I could use this platform to say those things.

After reflecting on my experiences over the passage of time, I feel happy with how this site has progressed, and I’m planning on staying consistent.

It’s pretty therapeutic to be able to publish my notes here. For me, the act of writing and crafting posts helps me to process my own thoughts and feelings. However, I also find it rewarding to know that my sharing here has been helpful to others.

“This Blog will include quotes, personal accounts and reflections, news stories, or other artifacts that I feel have an impact on my development as I work to become a better human.

I truly believe that we are all teachers and learners.

Through Truth-Telling: the honest sharing of my own experiences, I hope to teach you a little about myself, hopefully enabling you to be able to learn a little about yourself through my stories.”

It “will also be a platform for some of my writings on issues of equity and social justice.”

—From my very first post, Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian (N.A.H.)


If you’ve been thinking of sharing your own thoughts online to inspire social change, I’ll just quickly share these 5 points I’ve found to be helpful:

  • Real change starts with you.

  • No one can tell your story the way you can.

  • Not everyone will agree with what you might have to say.

  • Know why you’re writing, who you’re writing for, and how you plan to use yourself.

  • Never underestimate your reach. Anything can happen.

—From N.A.H.’s Year 2 Address: Have a Story to Tell? Write It Because It Might Be Just Right For Someone Else


“As I continue to share my truth through this platform, it’s important to remind myself that my experiences are a reflection of the inaccuracies I’ve learned, and my attempts to break free of them, as well as a reflection of a more complete view that comes with learning new information.”

“I am an Aspiring Humanitarian, with an emphasis on the term “Aspiring”. I accept the fact that my personal growth will be a lifelong process.”

—From N.A.H.’s Year 3 Address: Emancipation

cv_57_7424481104157220867To close out this note, I extend many thanks for your readership & support. Whether you’re a longtime supporter, or have recently come across these posts, whether you know me personally, or support from afar. Thank you.

Here’s to the next 500.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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