Lizzo is calling for love and support in the New Year, adding that 2020 “is off to a soul shaking start.”
The inspirational singer who was named Time’s 2019 Entertainer of the Year authored her insight on Instagram Saturday, writing, “This decade is off to a soul shaking start. These extreme highs and lows are like a rollercoaster and we are all strapped in, helplessly waiting for the next loop. I can’t help but to feel connected to everyone...can you?”
The 31-year-old flutist continued, “From what I’ve seen lately—the jokes, the memes, the grieving, the hopelessness as our planet heads to a fever— it’s like we’re all crying out hoping somebody hears us. I pray you feel seen and I pray your voice is heard because that’s precisely the tool we need if we’re going to make it through this. It’s time to speak up but most importantly show up.”
She added, “Our collective heavy hearts are searching for the light in this world.. it’s there, but we have to march through the darkness to reach it. Every act of love is an act of defiance to hate. How will you love today?”
2020 has brought its share of tumultuous events. On Thursday, a U.S. drone strike killed Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani, increasing tensions between Iran and the United States.
And wildfires that ignited in September “have turned southeast Australia into a charred, apocalyptic nightmare,” reported CNBC, killing an estimated half a billion animals. Per the New York Times, the fires have caused 23 deaths and destroyed 1,300 homes, not to mention national parks and forests.
Later on Saturday, Lizzo posted about her support for service people. “PRAYING AND THANKFUL FOR YOU AND EVERYONE WHO ENLISTED TO PROTECT US,” she wrote. “Say what you want about the government and the military.. these are human beings, your sisters and brothers and mother and father out there putting their lives on the line. If you made a funny/rude meme or joke, try to balance it out with something kind.”
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