Rosario Dawson's Instagram Post Reminds Us to Stay #Woke

With all of the unfortunate, catastrophic, and downright inhumane events that recently occured, it can be difficult to remain grounded and remember what’s important in our lives. On Tuesday night, in the midst of all of the horrific disasters, Rosario Dawson blessed us on Instagram with a humble reminder to focus on love- those who surround us with it, and those who are in desperate need of it.

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What a difference a year makes... This weekend marks a year that I had to get emergency surgery to stop internal bleeding from a ruptured cyst on my ovary. It was the first time I told @ericfuckingandre that I loved him (and very much not the last). Thankful for his care and all of the doctors and nurses and staff at the Desert Regional Medical Center. The "privilege" of insurance and access to medical care. Vaneza is Resting In Paradise since May. Only 26 years young on this earth with us. I left Sierra Leone the Saturday before the floods. The community of the "land of smiles", ravaged by colonialism, climate change, Ebola, child soldiers, war, blood diamonds and more coming together to take care of each other yet again. Saving lives and picking up the pieces. I was front and center at the suicide at Burning Man this weekend. The firefighters endangering their own lives to try and save his. Americans standing together in vigil, honoring Heather Heyer's humanitarianism with solidarity against her senseless murder. I wish I had practiced more of what I learned from my near death experience last year but so much is conceptualized as you go back to work and routine. Life has a way of reminding you again and again and again, though, what, and who is important. Of the necessary work to do contemplating, meditating and healing yourself as you look out for others. Dreamers, immigrant families, refugees, #blacklivesmatter, #sayhername, Hurricane Harvey and terrorist survivors the world round, and more, call for our care, love and focus. It was 115 degrees in the Bay Area. Things are going to keep changing. The universe demanding that we pay attention, educate ourselves, and be activated to advocate and create better circumstances than we were given, for our generation and those to come. I'm so filled with gratitude and humility. Thank you for being the tribe I get to be a part of on this journey. I am at your service with unconditional love, acceptance, humor and light. Thank you.

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The 38-year-old posted these photos Tuesday night, along with a heartfelt caption detailing recent life events that have impacted her in a positive way. This past weekend marked a year since the former Rent actress had an emergency surgery following internal bleeding from an ovarian cyst. She expressed her fondness over the medical staff and boyfriend Eric Andre, who selflessly spent that time with her.

In addition to sharing her near-death experience, the Cuban-Puerto Rican talked briefly about her cousin, Vaneza Ines Vazquez, who was discovered dead in her home by Dawson. 

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Following these personal anecdotes, the Seven Pounds star shed light to humanitarian events following tragic events such as the Sierra Leone floods, the senseless murder of Heather Heyer, and the suicide at Burning Man this past weekend. Her touching words was the motivation we needed to hear to maintain our hope in these trying times, and an example that life has ways of reminding you of what needs the most attention.