21 Things Only Activists Will Understand

This is what it feels like when you’re working to save the world.
Aug 18, 2014· 0 MIN READ
One.org is an international campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly 6 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

Whether your social action passion is global poverty, climate change, or rescuing kitty cats, we know how you feel.

1. When you meet someone who gets just as worked up about an issue as you

2. When people think they know all about an issue because they saw a Leonardo DiCaprio movie

3. When a friend suggests you go to McDonalds or Walmart

4. When you are about to go street campaigning

5. How you feel after 30 minutes of street campaigning

6. How you feel after five hours of street campaigning

7. When your boss/father-in-law/date says something you really disagree with, but you don’t want to argue

8. When people assume you are vegan or a nondrinker

9. When a well-meaning person tries to give you money instead of signing your petition

10. When you get a standard reply to that detailed and well-researched email you sent

11. The moment you get a lobby meeting agreed to

12. Just before your lobby meeting

13. When your campaign target says he or she agrees with you

14. When someone famous retweets you

15. When people tell you to chill out about the thing you’re campaigning on

16. When that drunk person at a party is determined to argue with you all night

17. When your friend starts a sentence with “I know you won’t approve of this, but…”

18. When Leonardo DiCaprio finally makes a film about your issue

19. When your hashtag starts trending

20. When people tell you there’s no point—things will never change

21. When you win a campaign

This article was written by Helen Hector. A version of it originally appeared on One.org.